Town council’s precept to increase by 13p per week

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:04 16 March 2016

Copyright 2007 Maurice van der Velden

The authority took the decision to increase the precept after people asked for improvements to be made around town.

Honiton Town Council precept’s collection will increase by 13p per week, this year.

The authority took the decision to increase the precept after people asked for improvements to be made around town.

A town council spokesman said: “Generally people have been asking for better recreational and open space facilities, improvements to the High Street including more flowers and trees, free or reduced rate car parking, diversity of shops to improve the economy, re-instating services now reduced by Devon County Council, and protecting heritage.

“An increase in financial provisions has been made for these things in order to make a real impact.”

The town council has already taken over maintaining several flowerbeds, footpaths and seats in Honiton.

It has also upgraded the town’s CCTV system at the request of the police, and has improved street ergonomics, co-funded Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce projects, and regularly gives grants to local groups.

“We have carried this out with very limited funds,” the spokesman added.

“In order to achieve what is being asked of us, we have had to increase the precept, which is part of your council tax.”

The Council Tax is paid by approximately 9,000 households in Honiton, and includes the spending requirements of Devon County Council, East Devon District Council (EDDC), Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Fire Authority as well as the town council.

EDDC is responsible for collecting the Council Tax.

“Many people do not realise that the Town Council does not receive any money from central government,” said the spokesperson.

“Unlike the county and district councils; neither do we get any of the non-domestic rate which local businesses pay.”

“Each year, we calculate the money we need to raise to provide local services.

“Then we deduct income which we expect to receive from fees acting as an information point for the district council, any grants such as the council tax support grant – each year heavily reduced - and any potential surplus from Honiton Street Market.

“This leaves the amount we require to spend on services and any capital projects which are planned for the year ahead.

“This sum, called the precept, is the amount we ask the district council to collect for us - they do this as a small proportion of the total council tax paid by householders in the town.”

This year, EDDC announced it will be collecting an annual sum of £1,649.66 for a typical band “D” household. From this the town council will receive £62.44 and this equates to an increase of 13p per week per household.

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