'Small increase' proposed for council tax

PUBLISHED: 11:08 28 January 2015

(c) Adam Gault

COUNCIL tax in Burnham and Highbridge could be set to rise after a town council committee agreed a 1.1 per cent increase for 2015.

The town council’s policy and finance committee agreed the rise during an annual budget meeting last week, which would see a rise equivalent to around 90p for a band D property in the area.

The move would see the council take in £570,596 for 2015-16, a rise of £16,647 from this year’s total, and will now go forward to the full town council for approval.

The proposals include a £20,000 sum to account for the probable loss of an £84,000 grant from Sedgemoor District Council in the coming years, while the purse strings have been tightened elsewhere to lessen the overall increase.

Town clerk Denise Emery said: “It’s a very small increase considering we are having to replace the grant funding.

“We’ve received the support grant in full for the last few years, when some across the country haven’t had a penny. It’s not sustainable for them, so we have to make up the difference.

“The council know they probably won’t need it next year, but building up funds in advance is a necessity, rather than leaving the next council with a shock.”

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