Breaking news: Honiton Town Council increases precept by 16%

PUBLISHED: 13:04 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

HONITON Town Council's share of council tax bills for 2009/10 will rise by 16 per cent.

HONITON Town Council's share of council tax bills for 2009/10 will rise by 16 per cent.The council's policy committee on Monday recommended a precept of £116,003 and every councillor present, with the exception of Ron Farnham, who abstained, supported the increase.Households in Honiton will pay £28.21 each in the new financial year to support the work of the town council. The figure equates to £12.89 per elector.Town clerk Lyn Hargood and policy committee chairman Councillor Vernon Whitlock were praised by deputy mayor Councillor Vivienne Ash for keeping the precept as low as they could. She commended a briefing paper for approval.Every item listed in the precept, including repayments on a proposed £250,000 loan towards the cost of developing Honiton Community Centre, was approved.Councillor Whitlock said it was envisaged the loan would be required in the second half of the year and that repayments would be £8,500 for six months of repayments.Other additional costs included increasing staff hours at the town council's New Street offices and appointing a deputy clerk to work two days a week.Staff are currently working at levels that are not sustainable, Mrs Hargood said.A deputy clerk is required to help the council deal with its increasing responsibilities - in the wake of asset transfers from East Devon District Council.The council has further budgeted £1,000 towards the cost of setting up allotments in the town and £7,000 for planting of flowerbeds.Councillor Peter Fleming drew attention to the 16 per cent increase, saying: "That's more than pensioners are getting in a rise and some people are not getting a rise at all.

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