Wellington Town Council has published its accounts for the current year and announced a 9.9% increase in its share of the overall council tax bill, based on a Band D house or flat.
The actual figures are a rise from £22.70 per year to £24.95 per property. This should provide WTC with a planned income for the coming year of £108,666. Councillors were warned to expect to an increasing future demand for services as county and district councils cut spending.
The report said in detail: “The County Council continues to make cuts to its expenditure and the Borough Council is under similar pressures. Neither Council would be able to continue to provide the current range and level of services. This all meant that Town and Parish Councils would continue to come under pressure to fill some of the gaps left by the principal councils.
“It is important that an overall view is taken of what services were available to town and parish councils and what exactly this Council’s priorities would be. It is necessary to think strategically and identify what services are important to the local area. Any additional services carried out by this Council should not be done so on a piecemeal basis.”
On a positive note the town council reported a small surplus in the current year’s budget and a reserve fund of £116,000 – enough to fund a whole year’s current commitments.
Read the full report here