Sedgemoor District Council wants residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to have their say on how the authority should spend its proportion of the Council Tax.

The budget setting cycle across Sedgemoor starts now, with the final decisions on the finances set to be taken in mid-February 2019.

“The Council continues to work within a very tight budget and will be reviewing its services to make sure that every penny is spent wisely,” says spokeswoman Claire Faun.

“SDC gets approximately 9p in the £ from each pound paid in council tax, the other 91p being split between Somerset County Council, the Police, Fire and Rescue services and Parish/Town councils.”

The questionnaire will also be available to complete online at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/budgetconsultation. The consultation period will run until October 19th, 2018.

“Sedgemoor has been carrying out an annual budget consultation exercise for several years, in order to ensure the views of the public are considered when making decisions regarding budgets and priorities.”

“We have been successful with Budget Consultation in previous years, but we are looking to sustain that success and improve further in order to give as large and wide a group as possible the opportunity to participate and have their say.”

“The budget consultation exercise is carried out by SDC staff and also involves 10,000 questionnaires being sent out to a random sample of Sedgemoor residents.”