Precept for 2019/20:
After lengthy discussions Chudleigh Town councillors have taken the decision to increase the precept for 2019/20 to £148,358 from its current level of £141,747. A Band D household in Chudleigh currently pays £1,852.19 in Council tax, of which £83.54 comes to the Town Council. This increase will mean that the Band D property contribution to the Town Council will rise to £87.29 per annum. This equates to an increase of £3.75 per annum or 31 pence per month.
Cllr Clare Lillington, the Chairman 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. However, we are finding that as the services provided by the County Council are reducing, increasingly, residents wish Chudleigh Council to take up the slack. For example, this year the Town Council has organised and paid for the cutting of roadside verges and the spraying of weeds in urban areas. The
cost to the Council was close to £2,500. We have also been hit by the withdrawal of the Council Tax Support Grant (CTSG) which will reduce our income by £8,000 next year.
This increase in the precept has enabled us to partly replace the lost CTSG income and allowed us to freeze our cemetery charges. We are increasing our room hire charges by 50p per hour across the board. We needed to do this to partly pay for the contract cleaning service we introduced at the town hall this year which will cost us £8,125 per annum. We needed to introduce this service because of the sheer amount of usage the town hall has.
She went on to speak about the range of projects that the Town Council was pursuing. “This year we have installed a new play park at The Gardens and a new vehicle activated speed sign on Station Hill. We purchased the allotment site at Exeter Road so that the site is guaranteed for future generations as well as continuing the pursuit of our environmental responsibilities. We have also introduced a new green burial service at the cemetery which is proving to be very popular. We are continuing to produce a regular newsletter which is delivered door to door to households. We do this so that parishioners are aware of what the Town Council is doing on their behalf.”