council tax payers will see 8.5p a week increase from April
tax bills will rise by a further 8.5p a week across the Burnham-On-Sea
area from April after Sedgemoor District Council this week raised
its proportion of the council tax by 3.4%.
a district council meeting on Wednesday, council leader Duncan
McGinty said that Sedgemoor has achieved a balanced budget, despite
the tough financial climate.
decision comes just two weeks after Burnham and Highbridge Town
Council also raised its tax demand by 5.5p a week, as we reported
Cllr McGinty outlined how £394,000 will be further invested
into the community by Sedgemoor District Council. £250,000
will be made available for the Empty Homes initiative to provide
improvement loans to private sector landlords with the specific
aim of bringing properties back into use.
An additional £45,000 has been earmarked for tackling homelessness,
and £70,000 will be available to the community via a grants
process. £29,000 has also been set aside to maintain weed
spraying along our highways and to maintain grass verges.
McGinty, pictured, said the council's funding gap of £650,000
has been closed by freezing external appointments and introducing
a robust redeployment process in order to maximise external income
and setting managers a target of 5% reductions/increased income
within their group. There will also be no inflationary increases
on contracts and purchases and the council will reduce senior
management costs across the council by 2016/17.
McGinty said: "Pound for pound, we are still the lowest Band
D equivalent across Somerset. Therefore, SDCs proportion
of council tax for Sedgemoor in the coming year will be set at
an average £135.09 for a band D property."
budget is not about the short term or a quick fix, but recognises
the need to plan prudently as agreed by this Council in the Medium
Term Financial Plan. We are proud to have the lowest council tax
in the county, whilst still delivering jobs and significant economic
growth into Sedgemoor."