Slight tax increase for villagers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 January 2012

Villagers will see a slight increase of 3.76 per cent

Villagers will see a slight increase of 3.76 per cent

Archant

WINSCOMBE and Sandford residents will see their council tax bills rise slightly over the next financial year.

The villages’ precept will rise from £105,000 to £110,000 for the year 2012/13, meaning a rise of 3.76 per cent for homeowners.

The annual price for a band D household will increase from £53.93 to £55.91.

Among the increased costs included in Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council’s budget was maintenance for the recreation ground in Winscombe.

Finance committee chairman Chris Sampson said: “Obviously we are very mindful of the financial situation globally, nationally and locally, so we have been trying to keep things in proportion.”

But councillor Gavin Rider questioned whether a larger reserve fund should have been set aside due to the unpredictable financial climate and possibility that the council may have to take on more services.

The budget was passed unanimously by the council.

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