but necessary' 4.5% hike in council tax bills in Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face a 4.5% hike in their council
tax bills this year following a decision by town councillors last
of the council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed the council's
precept for the coming financial year and decided that an increase
is "regrettable, but necessary."
tax payers in Band D proprties will see their council tax bills
rise by 4.55% to £85.26 under the proposals.
Chairman Cllr Mike Facey said: "I would like the increase
kept to a minimum but we have a lot of commitments and there's
been a reduction in our central funding. Our running costs have
also increased across the board."
added: "An increase is regrettable but necessary and justified.
We are a very active council and have enjoyed success with some
of our assets such as The Princess Theatre."
increase was proposed by Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton and seconded
by Cllr Phil Harvey during Wednesday evening's committee meeting,
Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "3.7% of the
increase is due to the Support Grant being withdrawn by central
government. This was paid to Sedgemoor and passed to the Town
Council. We have had to set aside £20,000 a year for this
over four years and expect that figure to increase to £25,000
of council tax bills could also effect the Town Council's revenue
in the future, she added. "Our Band D council tax rates in
Burnham and Highbridge are not high enough to be capped at the
moment by central government but we are aware that the maximum
figure could be under review in the future."
Phil Harvey said: "I'm not one of those who thinks Council
Tax should always go up or down, but you have to look at what
you need to do and then decide how you are going to afford it."
recommendation from the Policy and Finance Committee will be subject
to a final vote at February's full Town Council meeting.