February 8, 2011
councillors approve 29p a week council tax increase
councillors have this week approved a 29p a week council tax hike
in Burnham and Highbridge to pay for the cost of the Town Council
taking over the maintenance of public toilets, dog litter bins
and the town's Princess Theatre from the district council
At their meeting on Monday night (February 7th), town councillors
approved an overall precept of £525,497 - which, as first
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here
last month, will mean that the share of the council tax paid by
a Band D property in Burnham and Highbridge which comes to the
Town Council will rise by £15.10 to £76.09 a year,
an increase of 29 pence per week.
Among the devolved services that the council is taking on during
the financial downturn are The Princess at £70,000, public
toilets at a cost of £38,000 and dog bins at £12,000.
The council has also set aside a further £50,000 to help
finance other devolved services, plus a further £3,500 for
a new illustrated history board to be located in Highbridge town
Cllr Chris Williams told Monday's meeting: "There
will be some considerable disquiet about the amounts being put
onto the precept, but it's important that residents understand
we have absolutely no alternative. The county and district councils
cannot raise their precepts - it's only town and parish councils
that can do this at the moment."
And Cllr Neville Jones added: "We have no alternative but
to raise the precept if we wish services to continue. Maybe this
will be the last year that we can do it."