Residents across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face an increase in their council tax bills of 3% this year following a decision by town councillors last night (Monday, February 4th).

At Monday’s full Town Council meeting, members voted unanimously to proceed with a small council tax increase for residents.

Councillors heard that the removal of a £22,171 precept support grant from Sedgemoor District Council – due to central government cutbacks – is putting extra financial strain on the Town Council.

burnham and highbridge town councilThey accepted a precept request of £615,343, meaning that the Town Council element of the council tax on a Band D property will be £96.40 per year, an increase of six pence per week.

Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Cllr Mike Facey, Chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee, explained: “We are keen to keep any council tax increase for our residents as low as possible without affecting local services.”

“It has been a particularly challenging year given that our central government grant funding of £22,171 has been removed for us and other Town Councils.”

“However, through good management and financial planning we will be retaining all the services as before and not cutting back staff numbers.”

Mike added: “Thanks go to our financial officer and the team for all their work on this year’s budget.”

The budget outlined below was fully accepted.

How your Council Tax is spent locally

Expenditure Income Required
Admin 184,438 1,225 183,258
Democratic & Civil 15,800 15,800
Burial board 158,560 14,405 144,160
Joint funding with others 92,350 92,350
Grants 45,100 45,100
Princess Theatre 145,115 67,650 77,465
Old Courthouse 17,850 3,200 14,650
Other properties 1,630 1,630
Allotments 1,850 1,400 450
Town improvements 37,050 2,000 35,050
Handyman 5,930 5,930
Community Infrastructure Levy Burnham 250 -250
Community Infrastructure Levy Highbridge 250 -250
TOTALS 705,718 90,380 615,343