hike in council tax bills planned for Burnham and Highbridge
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face a 4.6% increase in their council
tax bills this year following a decision by town councillors last
night (Monday, January 16th).
of the council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed the council's
precept for the coming financial year and decided that a small increase
tax payers in Band D proprties will see their council tax bills
rise by 4.6% or £3.92 per year under the proposals from the
start of the financial year in April.
committee set the precept - the council's budget - at £556,543.
While that is up from £524,980 last year, the committee heard
that one of the key reasons for the rise is a £20,000 reduction
in the support grant funding for the Town Council from Sedgemoor
District Council due to central government cutbacks.
Chairman Cllr Mike Facey said: "I'd like the increase to be
kept to a minimum, but we have seen a cut in our funding and general
inflation across the board, however we have not cut back any services."
Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It looked last
autumn as though we'd need to raise the Band D council tax rates
by 5% but we have been extra careful to keep the increase as low
as possible without affecting services."
Andy Brewer added: "Thanks to the due diligence of the Clerk,
we have not needed to go for the maximum 5% increase and are maintaining
our services - this is a good position."
increase was proposed by Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton and seconded
by Cllr Andy Brewer during Monday's meeting.
recommendation from the Policy and Finance Committee to increase
council tax bills will be put to a final vote at the next full Town
Council meeting in February.