Cranbrook Town Council precept remains unchanged for 2017/18

PUBLISHED: 18:30 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:05 15 February 2017

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Cranbrook Town Council (CTC) says that its precept – the portion of council tax that goes to the town council – will remain unchanged for 2017-18.

While there could still be an overall rise in council tax – East Devon District Council (EDDC) has yet to set its charges for 2017-18 – CTC says its element should be ‘within a few pence’ the same as 2016-17.

The news came at the town council’s meeting on January 16. The council agreed an expenditure budget (precept) of £112,935. The council’s total income – which includes the council tax element – is projected to be £168,480, from a variety of sources.

“The council has agreed a budget for the coming year that is robust and prudent,” said Cllr Kevin Blakey, CTC’s chairman.

“As Cranbrook grows, it is essential that CTC is in a position to take on additional responsibilities and manage more assets for the benefit of everyone in the town. However, we are aware that the costs must be carefully controlled.

“The precept charged by CTC for the year ahead has grown over last year’s figure, but there are more residents living in Cranbrook now, and we have set the budget so that council tax payers will not see an increase on the CTC element of this year’s bill.

“This is not to say that the whole council tax charge will remain the same this year. We do not yet know the charges that will be applied by EDDC, Devon County Council and the emergency services.”

EDDC’s council tax charge for 2017/18 will be agreed on February 22.

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