Council tax to EDDC to increase by £5

East Devon households will pay an extra £5 in council tax to the district authority if chiefs sign off a proposed budget for 2018/19.

The average band D property will pay £136.78 to East Devon District Council (EDDC), up from £131.78 this year.

That will give the authority a precept of £8,024,750.

Special items in the budget include £8,000 to repair the railings on Sidmouth seafront and £16,000 to repair exposed joints and cracked drainage channels on the town’s damaged sea wall.

Special items not in the draft budget include £2,500 for further beach monitoring in Sidmouth and the same amount for beach monitoring in Beer to understand the impact of the groyne; and £12,000 to repaint a 750-metre stretch.

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Residents’ overall council tax bill is made up of payments to EDDC, as well as the town and county council and other authorities.

EDDC’s cabinet was set to discuss the draft budget when it met on Wednesday.

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