Council tax payments will decrease

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 February 2015


HOUSEHOLDS in Portishead will be asked for less money in tax by the town council during the next financial year.

At a meeting on January 21, the authority approved its budget which includes its precept – the amount of money residents will pay for the services it provides.

For 2015/16, an average band D household will pay £25.91, almost 5.5 per cent less than this year.

As part of its budget, it was revealed the council will have just less than £600,000 in its reserves by April of this year.

The reason for saving so much money was attributed to the fact a lack of Government funding for North Somerset Council could result in more responsibilities being placed on the town council, similar to the recent transfer of responsibility for public toilets.

Cllr Martyn Cruse: “We believe this council carefully looks after its money and has strong reserves.

“These reserves aren’t just there for the sake of it.

“We believe that our role will increase as a council because the role for North Somerset Council will probably have to decrease due to the huge reduction they expect in Government funding.

“For example, like we have taken on the public toilets this year, which we wouldn’t have been able to do without money in the bank.

“We have seen there are great pressures on North Somerset Council as the Government takes more money away from them.

“They will be more reliant on town and parish councils to take on more roles.

“If we hadn’t been careful and put this money aside, we wouldn’t be able to meet the demands of that rainy day.”

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