TOWN COUNCIL 10% RATE RISE

TOWN COUNCIL 10% RATE RISE

Alsager Town Council are meeting tonight, Tuesday 17th November 2015, 7.15pm at the Alsager Institute on Green Drive (off Sandbach Road North) to discuss their Draft Budget for the Financial year 2016/17 which proposes a 10% increase in the Precept ( the amount they collect from us as Council Tax payers). The Precept will be £319,000 after using £11,111 from reserves so the actual planned spending is £330,111, an increase of £40,000 year on year.

You can read the whole 34 page document by clicking here.

This follows directly from an 11.5% increase last year and represents a 10 fold increase in expenditure since 2002/03 when the precept was £33,000. Spending will have increased by £130,000 since the Town Council took ownership of the Civic and if that was not enough a payment of £6,515 per year for a Public Works Loan has been included, presumably for more spending on this building. (Such loans would normally be for a minimum period of 20 to 25 years) A sum of £30,000 has also been earmarked towards the production of a Neighbourhood Plan but this has been tucked away in Reserves, money that can be called down whenever the Council deems it appropriate, but without it showing in their planned expenditure Budget.

Interestingly, the final page of the Draft Budget (page 34) is a comparison of Town Council Precepts since 2000/01 to 2016/17 and we have included it below for those who do not wish to read the complete document. These are their figures not ours, but we have added the column headings, and a note at the bottom, for the sake of clarity.

 

COMPARATIVE TOWN COUNCIL PRECEPTS

Year    Precept      Tax Base details used to calculate the actual Council Tax per Household.

00/01  £33,000     Tax Base – 5,304.13 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 1999

01/02  £33,000     Tax Base – 4,322.36 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2000

02/03  £33,000     Tax Base – 4,426.64 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2001

03/04  £36,000     Tax Base – 4,418.44 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2002

04/05  £48,000     Tax Base – 4,477.68 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2003

05/06  £48,000     Tax Base – 4,466.21 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2004

06/07  £57,000     Tax Base – 4,456.60 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2005

07/08  £112,000    Tax Base – 4,470.90 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2006

08/09  £136,000    Tax Base – 4,504.33 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2007

09/10  £192,000    Tax Base – 4,529.37 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2008

10/11  £192,000    Tax Base – 4,535.98 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2009

11/12  £200,000    Tax Base – 4,535.98 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2010

12/13  £270,000    Tax Base – 4,548.24 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2011

13/14  £270,000    Tax Base – 4,187.27 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2012

14/15  £260,000    Tax Base – 4,187.27 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2013

15/16  £290,000    Tax Base – 4,255.33 Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2014

16/17  £319,000    Tax Base – TBC Band D equivalent properties – Dec 2015

 

Note: The actual Council Tax being paid in 2015/16 (Band D Property) is £68.15