Council plans to freeze council tax for Burnham residents
tax rates for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to
be frozen for a fifth year by Somerset County Council as hard-pressed
households face rocketing bills.
Council is preparing its budget for the coming financial year
and this includes proposals to freeze its proportion of council
tax for a fifth year in a row.
Since 2009, average gas and electricity bills have increased by
52% and 33% respectively.
contrast, the SCC portion of council tax for an average band D
property tax was £1,027 in 2009 and remains exactly the
same in 2014.
understand how tight it is for households across Somerset and
it is important that we support people wherever we can,"
said Council Leader John Osman.
income from government is down, but we face increasing calls on
our services from people who need our help. It means we have to
take tough decisions to live within our means its
the same as any household. When earnings go down, but bills go
up, you have to cutback in some areas."
we remain determined to keep our share of council tax as low as
we can for as long as we can. Five years in a row is a real testament
to the rigorous way we manage our finances, and to the efficiencies
and savings we have made over the past five years."
Over the past six months the Council has carried out an extensive
consultation called the balacing act into budgets and services.
In that consultation, a survey of 1,000 people across Somerset
showed that close to two thirds of those asked did not want to
see council tax increased to protect council run services.
have consulted widely and listened to our residents who are clear
that council tax levels should remain frozen as far as possible.
People understand the tough financial position we are in and I
am sure they will welcome this stand to help them out in these
tough financial times."
final budget will be voted on by councillors at their formal meeting
on 19th February.