council tax increase approved for
Burnham and Highbridge
councillors last night approved a small 90p increase in council
tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to help
residents struggling in the economic climate.
the increasing cost of providing public services in the area,
the Town Council gave the go-ahead for the
tiny 1.12% increase in council tax
bills during their meeting on Monday evening (February
Town Council's total precept for the financial year 2015-2016
will rise to £570,596 - an increase of £16,647 on
the tax base adjustment, the increase for an average Band D property
in Burnham and Highbridge will amount to around 90p per year extra
from this April.
Cllr Martin Cox said: "It's a big achievement for the council
to have achieved only a small increase in our budget when we have
taken on a lot of responsibilities in recent years - with 10%
of our budget going to running The Princess Theatre, and 17% towards
jointly-funded services with Sedgemoor District Council such as
waste bins, toilets."
Chris Williams, who chairs the council's Policy and Finance committee,
added: "We are aware that many residents are struggling with
their finances and are keen to keep council tax increases to a
Clerk Denise Emery added: "This is a prudent budget that
should allow the Town Council the necessary flexibility to carry
out their increased responsibilities while not increasing the
burden to ratepayers over inflation."