IB Councillors have backed a small increase in the Town Council precept this year, in preparation for taking on a swathe of new places, spaces and services from Wiltshire Council in mid-2020, as well as supporting actions around the Climate Emergency and Youth Services.
In a statement to the Town Council, Dom said:
“Members are aware that this year’s precept increase will place a small additional ask on each household in the town – on average just slightly more than the price of a pint of milk a week. We have, as in previous years, sought to keep that increase to a minimum, aware of other pressures on household budgets.
The increase will directly support places and spaces that the Town Council has been asked to take on, and that it will be seeking to maintain at a standard the town deserves. To do so requires both physical resources and staff to plan and undertake that work. As with many service-oriented organisations, it’s not unexpected that staffing is, once again, the largest single item of expenditure – although showing a marked decrease on previous years as a proportion of the whole budget.
As ever, the Town Council is also grateful to the fantastic teams of volunteers within the town who help to reduce these costs and keep taxation to a minimum.”