Council tax bills to rise following funding cuts
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 09 February 2018
Council tax will increase by 4.95 per cent in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge after town councillors voted unanimously to support the motion.
The rise will take effect in April after the town council had its funding cut by £20,000, a figure set by Sedgemoor District Council due to central government cutbacks.
The increase of 4.95 per cent is on top of a five per cent increase last year, which amounts to £4.43 per year, or 37p per month.
A total of £600,000 was earmarked by the town council to maintain its services.
Services run by the council include providing the Princess Theatre, in Princess Street, community space, maintaining three cemeteries, statutory responses to planning applications, maintaining allotments and supporting youth projects.
Town clerk, Tatiana Cant, said: “Sedgemoor District Council has been phasing out the support grant which they used to pass on to town and parish councils.
“This means that we will receive £20,819 less than last year. It has been very difficult to make adjustments to accommodate this serious deficit.
“Our main sources of income are the Princess Theatre, cemeteries and allotments – but in all cases these also require expense from the council to maintain these facilities.
Mike Facey, policy and finance committee chairman, said: “Compared to other towns in North Somerset, our rise is small, less than 10p per day.
“What it allows us to do is maintain our services, there will be no loss of staff and we will continue to operate to our high standards.”