and Highbridge council tax bills may rise 4.95%
and Highbridge residents could be landed with a 4.95% hike in their
council tax bills this April.
£20,000 decrease in funding for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
from Sedgemoor District Council due to central government cutbacks
has this week prompted the Town Council to consider the increase.
hike in bills was debated at a meeting of the Town Council's Policy
and Finance Committee on Monday (January 15th).
seen a significant £20,000 hit on the council's bottom line,"
explained Town Clerk Tatiana Cant. "Our precent support grant
from Sedgemoor has been reduced to £22,171, down from £42,990
Chairman Cllr Mike Facey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We really
are trying to keep council tax bills as low as possible but a small
increase in bills is likely."
are not planning to reduce any of our council services in Burnham
or Highbridge, or cut jobs due to this reduction in funding."
reason is that the council has earmarked £5,500 towards keeping
the local number 67 bus running alongside other parish and town
recommended 4.95% increase in council tax bills was proposed by
Cllr Andy Brewer, seconded by Cllr Peter Clayton, and was unanimously
agreed, however a final
decision on whether to proceed will be made by the full Town Council
Somerset County Council said this week its share of the Council
Tax bill is likely to increase by a further 5.99 per cent in recognition
of increasing pressures and the cost of inflation plus Adult Social