Wellington’s town council is asking local residents to consider whether they might accept a council tax increase to allow WTC to take on some of the services that county and district have previously provided before the current period of cuts and spending freezes.
“A recent informal meeting of town councillors agreed that there was an opportunity to take back responsibility for some of the services carried out locally in the past,” said town clerk Greg Dyke. “They want to do all they can to improve the local environment, co-ordinate support for older people, support families and young people and be proactive in getting people into employment.”
Much of this can be done by working in partnership with and by supporting other agencies. There would, however, be a cost involved.
Wellington town council’s portion of the overall local Council Tax has traditionally been kept very modest. It is one of the lowest in Somerset for a town of its size (£27.40 a year). However, Councillors have pointed out that in order to achieve its aims and to take full advantage of the opportunities that have now presented themselves it may be necessary to raise the precept to a more realistic level.
The level of the Council Tax will be decided at the Council meeting on 4 January 2016. Members hope that the community will support its bid to improve services in the town. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact the Town Council office or email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org