council tax increase for
Burnham and Highbridge residents
councillors have this week proposed a 1.1% increase in council
tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to help
residents feeling the financial pinch.
the increasing cost of providing public services in the area,
the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee proposed
the small increase during a budget-setting meeting on Monday.
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 just 90p per year
Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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."
Cllr Chris Williams, who chairs the committee, added: "We
have been very careful with our expenditure through the year and
have tried to operate as efficiency as possible. We are aware
that many residents are struggling with their finances and are
keen to keep council tax increases to a minimum."
Town Council will vote on whether to accept the budget proposals
at their next meeting on February 2nd.