Town council’s slice of tax bill set to decrease

Exmouth Town Hall. Ref exe 2525-43-15AW.

Exmouth Town Hall. Ref exe 2525-43-15AW. - Credit: Alex Walton

Exmouth Town Council has announced a reduction in the amount of money it charges council tax payers. 

At its annual budget meeting on Monday, January 11, town councillors voted to approve a decrease in the precept for the 2021/22 financial year. 

The precept for the next financial year, which will come into force from April, will see a band D household’s annual contribution to the authority drop from £59.67 to £57.14. 

The precept is the Town Council’s share of the Council Tax.  

The precept demand goes to the billing authority, East Devon District Council, which collects the tax for the Town Council.  

The 'Precept' is converted into an amount per Council Tax band that is added onto the Council Tax bill, along with charges levied on behalf of the district and county councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority. 

The town council will ask for a total of £730,345 to be collected for its slice of the council tax bill in 2021-22. 

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The Town Council’s budget covers services such as grounds maintenance, grass cutting and maintenance of public realm assets as well as officers' salaries, building/administration costs and a contribution towards the running costs of the 99E bus service.  

The Town Council is also responsible for the delivery of the Tourist Information Service, the Jubilee Clock Tower and Gorfin Hall. 

The Town Council said it will continue to offer grants to community groups totalling £54,000 in 2021/22. These grants support local not-for-profit organisations to provide vital services to the community. 

Despite the reduction in its budget, the chairman of the council, Steve Gazzard, said that the Town Council’s budget ‘demonstrates continuing financial prudence and a commitment to the residents of Exmouth that the Town Council will use its precepting powers appropriately’. 

Councillor Alex Sadiq, chairman of the council’s finance committee, added: “We are pleased that whilst we have recognised the strain that many household budgets are under, we can continue to deliver value to the people of Exmouth.” 

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