Bleadon Parish Council took the unanimous decision to raise its precept for 2012/2013 at a meeting this week, meaning the amount paid for the councils precept by a Band D resident will rise from £70 to £74.69 per year, a 6.69 per cent rise. It is the first rise for Bleadon residents in four years. The council considered raising the precept to £93 for the year to make up the £50,000 it needs for its budget this year but decided instead to take £10,000 from its reserves to minimise the tax rise. Clerk Bruce Poole said: This will be the first increase in four years. But we cannot continue using the reserves. Chairman Penny Skelley said: We did think long and hard and I know how difficult finances are nationally.