Council tax rise in Winscombe and Sandford
Winscombe and Sandford residents face a 9.92 per cent hike in part of their council tax.
However, that’s just a £5.50 rise on last year’s £55.91 annual sum for Band D homes which will go to Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council in its £130,000 precept for 2013/14.
In Churchill, the parish council has asked for 0.43 per cent less – that’s 26p off last year’s £61.74. The council will have £53,924.12 for its precept this financial year. North Somerset Council has set its council tax from April – a 1.5 per cent rise as forecast earlier this month. That translates into an annual bill of £1,164.88 for a Band D home – a rise of £16.95.
Council leader Nigel Ashton said: "We have considered the proposals put forward in the alternative budgets by opposition groups, each of which suggested a 2 per cent tax rise, and we have also examined the freeze grant the government is offering.
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"However the numbers just don’t add up, which is why, with some regret we are making this increase."
Government grant funding to North Somerset Council has been reduced by 6.3 per cent for 2013/14 but the council was still waiting for confirmation of the final settlement.
The council has made a catalogue of cuts to some areas, notably £510,000 by remodelling the workforce, deleting the equivalent of 2.6 jobs through reduced hours and vacant posts, and saving £400,000 by transferring or closing public toilets.