Chudleigh Town Council announces a freeze in the precept for 2020/21
After lengthy discussions Chudleigh Town councillors have taken the decision to freeze the precept for 2020/21 at its current level of £148,995. A Band D household in Chudleigh currently pays £1,940.56 in Council tax, of which £87.30 comes to the Town Council. This freeze in precept will mean that the Band D property contribution to the Town Council will remain at £87.30 per annum.
Cllr Martin Tinkler, the Chair of the Town Council and Mayor, said that “In the current economic climate we do realise that any increase in Council Tax bills will be unwelcome. Let’s face it, some of the residents in our town are really struggling financially. We know that they will face Council Tax increases in the next financial year due to the decisions made by other authorities but all we can do is make sure that we are not adding to that burden. The Town Council’s budget is facing financial pressures, but we believe that we can maintain our current level of services without increasing the precept. Due to prudent financial management in previous years we have a reasonable level of reserves and that allows us to make the decision we have”
Councillors also decided to freeze the costs of room hires at the Town Hall and keep cemetery charges at their current level. Cllr. Tinkler explained “The hirers of our rooms are very important to us. They provide close to 25% of the Council’s income. Most have been with us for many years and we wanted to repay their loyalty by not increasing their charges. We will be increasing allotment plot rentals by £1 per plot. This will go some way towards enabling us to make some improvements at the two sites”