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 3.6% as it set its budget for the coming year.
will increase its portion of the council tax by £5 from
the council tax portion for Sedgemoor in the coming year will
be set at an average of £145.52, or £2.80 per week
on a band D property, for all the services that Sedgemoor provides.
The Leader of Council, Councillor Duncan McGinty, presented draft
proposals from the Conservative group to close the council's £381,000
funding gap during this week's full council meeting. Cllr Mick
Lerry, Leader of the SDC Labour Group, presented alternative proposals.
The meeting heard that the Government has continued to reduce
the support grant it gives to councils, eliminating the grant
completely by 2020. For Sedgemoor, this means a cut of more than
£800,000 this year.
Other Somerset councils have added an additional 1.25% precept
onto the council tax for the Somerset Rivers Authority to fund
flood prevention work. This is a temporary arrangement pending
the primary legislation required to give the SRA powers to raise
its own funds.
SRA has received no central Government funding for 2016/17. As
the worst affected area during the 2014 flooding, Sedgemoor is
committed to achieving the protections needed for the future.
Sedgemoor will provide its share of the funding of £68,000
from the community development fund, rather than adding an additional
precept to the long list on each council tax bill. Sedgemoor council
tax payers already fund the Internal Drainage Boards to a tune
of £1.3 million per year, thats £33.47 per Band
D household every year (23%).