Exmouth Town Council precept to be increased again
PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 January 2017
The amount of money Exmouth Town Council charges council tax payers is to be increased, with councillors saying the rise is needed due to cuts by other authorities.
The precept for 2017 to 2018, which will come into force from April, will see a Band D household’s annual contribution to the town council rising from £44 to £58.59.
This follows a rise from £30 to £44 in last year’s budget.
Speaking at this week’s town council meeting, where members voted to back the council’s new budget, Councillor Cherry Nicholas, lead councillor for finance, said that the new sum was still lower than the figure for other East Devon towns, including £60 in Sidmouth, £75 in Seaton, £88 in Cranbrook, and £148 in Broadclyst.
Cllr Nicholas said: “For almost 10 years, we have faced ever-increasing cuts from other councils to the funding of services and important assets.
“We have tried where possible, and where requested by the residents of the town, to ensure that these services have continued and the assets maintained.
“We are again in a position where we face further cuts from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council, and this budget provides the ability to maintain services, such as CCTV, should we be placed in a position where we need to ensure it and other services continue.”
Cllr Nicholas said the town council had previously stepped in to provide funding for services such as grass cutting, street cleaning, and repairing historic assets such as the seafront clock tower, as well as backing community groups and major events.
She added that the cost of ‘unexpected’ by-elections and the town poll on the future of Exmouth seafront during the previous 12 months had depleted the council’s cash reserves, and the proposed budget would ensure minimum requirements were met.
Cllr Nicholas said: “We cannot stand by and see the quality of life in the town eroded – this increase of just under 28p per week is needed to ensure that the council can protect the services that residents want, and to protect assets that Exmouth people hold dear to their hearts.”
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