Sidmouth town council increases budget 16 per cent

11:30 26 January 2013

�

(c) Adam Gault

An extra 15 pence a week on residents’ council tax bills will save civic leaders from future budget freezes and cover costs handed down from other authorities.

Town councillors unanimously voted in favour of the 16 per cent rise after hearing such a move next year was likely to be prevented by central government.

They also agreed the funds would have to be stretched further if responsibilities are handed down from other cash-strapped councils.

Councillor Ann Liverton, who proposed the move, said: “District and county budgets are going to be slammed this year, and we should expect (a budget increase) to be capped at two per cent for next year.”

She said that anything beyond the statutory obligations of district and county councils would not be a priority, and that the town council would be expected to take up the slack.

Cllr Graham Liverton said: “It’s the era of the town council - future generations will thank us for doing it.”

Each year the council draws up a plan of what it what it wants to develop and then sets its budget – known as a precept – accordingly.

The council’s slice of residents’ overall council tax bills was set at £55.85 for a band D property.

The figure is up from £47.89 last year, a rise of 15 pence per week that gives a total of £400,000.

Town council treasurer Jeff Turner suggested £25,000 should be allocated to ‘special projects’ such as the Jurassic Coast Link, maintaining Pennington Point, and a potential handover of the Manor Pavilion from the district to town council.

He said each would require substantial sums of money, but making specific claims would lead agencies to believe they were entitled to the amount.

Councillors agreed that the proposed amount may not be enough and agreed to double it because the exact costs were unclear.

Despite the increase in the budget, Cllr Chris Wale said: “This represents good value – we are very proactive, everyone here has their heart and soul in the town”

He said they are being sensible budgeting so much for special projects that would not receive the attention of other local authorities.

A household’s total council tax bill is made up of payments to town, district and county councils, as well as fire and police services.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:37
Sidmouth Lifeboat

Sidmouth Lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday) following concerns for the safety of two adults and five children.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:48

Gypsies are being blocked from occupying land that adjoins East Devon’s Pebblebed Heaths in an ‘unprecedented’ move to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:45
The murals at Sidmouth swimming pool car park. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5931-09-14AW

A full complement of murals depicting life in our seaside resort is in place thanks to the hard work of Sidmouth College artists.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:25

Police are carrying out enquiries following a vehicle blaze in the early hours of this morning.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55
John Vinnicombe with his son Mark on their farmland near Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 4774-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A farmer is warning people to be aware of potential dangers on public footpaths after he said a runner caused his cattle to stampede.

Read more
Tue, 15:55
Chris Tucker with the sign for The Mermaid Bar

Forgetting any mythical connotations, mention of The Mermaid evokes one thing for a certain generation – flares, groovy tunes and the most happening place in town.

Read more
Tue, 11:06
an overflowing rubbish bin at Newton Poppleford playing fields. Ref shs 3132-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A volunteer who helped secure funding for Newton Poppleford’s play park says parents have a ‘social and moral responsibility’ to clear-up their rubbish.

Read more
Graham Liverton has been a Sidmouth town councillor for 30 years

Sidmouth’s longest-serving town councillor has resigned after 30 years’ service because he found it ‘impossible’ to deal with colleagues who ‘publicly humiliated’ his wife.

Read more
Mon, 12:15
Emily Davis of Silver Street tattoos in Ottery with the new design. Ref sho 1469-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pair of tattooists will be holding a unique fundraising event to help a cause that is close to their hearts.

Read more
Mon, 10:04
The Red Arrows performing their spectacular display over Sidmouth ten years ago. Ref shs 9920-36-04. Picture: Simon Horn.

The Red Arrows could be secured for next year if every Sid Valley resident gave just £1.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder