Ottery precept set to rise as town council looks to invest in town improvements

PUBLISHED: 13:46 20 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:46 20 January 2020

Fantastic far reaching views from the roof of the bell tower of Ottery St Mary parish church. Ref sho 1447-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Fantastic far reaching views from the roof of the bell tower of Ottery St Mary parish church. Ref sho 1447-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Ottery's slice of the annual council tax bill is set to increase as civic leaders looks to invest in a number of projects.

The precept for 2020-21, which will come into force in April, will see a band D household's annual contribution to the authority increase from £49 per year to £54.

However, Ottery's precept - its portion of the overall council tax bill - is on course to remain the lowest in East Devon.

A spokesman for the council said that without the increase, the authority would have a shortfall of around £17,000.

The town council will ask the district council to collect £156,000 from residents in 2020-21, meaning it will have an annual budget of £196,000.

The authority is hoping to use its budget to make a series of investments this year to improve Ottery.

These include regeneration, town appearance improvement, climate change activities and changes to its Christmas celebrations.

The council is also hiring a volunteer co-ordinator to act as a central point of contact for volunteering in the town.

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