Council tightens spending as 1p a week tax rise is proposed
councillors have this week proposed that council tax bills in
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge should increase by just one pence
a week in an effort to help residents feeling the financial pinch.
increasing costs of providing public services in the town, members
of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee proposed implementing
a 'standstill' budget during a meeting on Monday night
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Town Council
is very aware of the difficult economic conditions that everyone
is experiencing and councillors are keen to keep council tax bills
to a minimum. Plans for a standstill budget have been put forward."
the proposals, the Town Council's total precept for the financial
year 2012-2013 would amount to £529,044.
the Council tax demand local residents will receive, the Town
Council's share for the year will be £76.60 for an average
Band D property, an increase of 52p per year.
budget includes the costs for some services previously financed
by Sedgemoor District Council before it hit financial difficulties,
such as public toilet provision and dog bin emptying.
plans would see Burnham's Princess Theatre receiving £60,000
in funding during the coming financial year - £10,000 less
than last year.
final decision on the precept demand will be made at next month's
Town Council meeting on Monday 6th February.