council tax rise approved for Burnham by district councillors
District Council has this week decided to raise its council tax
charges for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area
by 1.9% as it set its budget for the coming year.
The small 5.3p per week rise on a band D property equates to an
increase of £2.74 per year, making Sedgemoors annual
proportion of the council tax around £140.
decision came as Sedgemoor District Council approved its budget
for 2015-16 during a meeting on Monday (February 23rd).
and members of the public heard that the authority has achieved
a balanced budget despite the tough financial climate.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council approved
a 1.12% increase in council tax bills earlier this year, as reported
Leader Duncan McGinty presented the Conservative Groups
proposals and announced that after setting a two-year budget last
year (2014/2015) that there would be no cuts in the services that
the council delivers.
also announced that a new £1million 'Sedgemoor Economic
Growth Accelerator Fund' will be set up.
will be designed to assist businesses of all sizes to come to
Sedgemoor and/or grow in Sedgemoor by lending monies to bridge
funding gaps that can prevent businesses expanding or relocating,"
Cllr McGinty also announced that £500,000 over two years
will be spent on introducing a new Apprentice Programme. And the
council will be topping up government monies with an additional
£340,000 to bring super-fast broadband to more of the area's
rural districts than was originally planned.
will also be spent on undertaking a number of small flood relief
schemes across Sedgemoor, in addition to the Somerset Rivers Authoritys
Flood Action Plan works, which make a difference where there is
localised flooding caused by heavy rain or high tides. This will
enable schemes to take place throughout Sedgemoor including at
Cheddar, North Petherton, Combwich and Wedmore.
Conservative Groups budget proposals were accepted, while
the Labour Group's three alternative proposals were defeated.
No other parties put forward budget proposals.