Branscombe precept cut by £4,000

PUBLISHED: 18:15 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 June 2010

BRANSCOMBE residents will pay the parish council less money this year after its precept was cut by £4,000. The council decided at its monthly meeting last Wednesday to set its precept for the coming year at £5,500, down from £9,500 on 2007-2008. The reaso

BRANSCOMBE residents will pay the parish council less money this year after its precept was cut by £4,000.

The council decided at its monthly meeting last Wednesday to set its precept for the coming year at £5,500, down from £9,500 on 2007-2008.

The reason for the council's large increase last year was due to the "one-off" £5,000 donation it made to the Branscombe Village Hall Roof Fund on top of the £4,500 it set aside for its running costs.

In essence the council's precept has risen by £1,000, but property owners will pay 40 per cent less in parish costs as the £5,000 donation more than doubled the precept last year.

Councillors said the £1,000 rise was appropriate as training may be needed for the new clerk when Linda Hughes retires, as well as insurance, hall rental and general running costs.

Councillor Lynne Hall said: "It doesn't hurt to add a little bit on each year rather than increasing it by a large amount in the space of a year."

Chairman John Bass pointed out that the council does not carry "vast amounts of money" forward but in the current climate this increase was fitting.

Beer set its precept at £15,000 earlier this month, an increase of £2,000 on the previous year.


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