Cirencester Town Council (CTC) set a budget of £752,700 last night for the 2013/14 year, that’s an overall increase of £34,320 on last year; this is made up of an increase in expenditure of just under £10,000 and an overall reduction in income.
The Band D equivalent Council Tax for 2013/14 will be £106.15, this equates to an increase on last year of 4.7% which is approximately 9 pence per week and just over 40 pence per month and less than £5 for the whole year.
Cllr Joe Harris said:” Councillors have listened to local residents concerns about issues in Cirencester, the budget includes taking over full control of CCTV, land at City Bank and a play area in the Beeches ward.”
He added: “In addition, Cirencester Town Council now manages land at the Amphitheatre which together with land near the Obelisk it already owns is now overseen entirely by the Council which is delivering the Green Spaces Strategy and various improvements. Concern has also been expressed about the state of our roundabouts, highway verge maintenance and speed on our roads and the budget reflects funding to work with the County Council on these issues.”
A breakdown of where the money is being spent is as follows:
Corporate (including corporate related salaries, employer related pension and national insurance contributions, rental of accommodation, business rates, insurance, support to the Bingham Library Trust and Cirencester Community Development Partnership, staff and member training)
Expenditure – £295,750 (£2,200 increase)
Income – £49,500 (£9,500 increase)
Saving on last year of approximately £7,300
Office Services (including administration, postage, printing, stationery, website and information technology)
Expenditure £89,100 (£7,500 increase)
Income £1,500 (£1,500 increase)
Increase on last year of approximately £6,000
Estate Services (including management and maintenance of open spaces across Cirencester, litter, highways improvements and support in winter with gritting, Abbey Grounds depot, Amphitheatre, St Michael’s Park, Kingshill Sports and Community Development, Norman Arch Cottage, allotments and play areas)
Expenditure £309,600 (£47,500 increase)
Income £56,800 (£44,500 increase)
Increase on last year of approximately £3,000
Community Services (including youth, outdoor markets, events, grants, support to community groups, mop fair, Christmas lights, social media and communication, CCTV)
Expenditure £195,250 (£47,200 decrease)
Income £77,200 (£79,820 decrease)
Increase on last year of approximately £32,620
Tennis Court Improvements £10,000
Town Centre Regeneration Scheme £38,000
To provide services and continue to develop and deliver various projects for the community the Town council needs to fund £752,700.
This is achieved in various ways including raising a precept (i.e. the Council tax) and using our reserves (i.e. savings).
However, the way in which Council Tax is calculated has been changed by Government; Council Tax is based on the number of properties in Cirencester and this is the figure used to work out the Band D equivalent – the Government has decided that properties receiving Council Tax Benefit should be taken out of the equation, simply meaning on a like for like basis that less people will be paying more for the same level of services received.
The Government recognises this impact and does not want the public to carry this burden and has therefore part funded compensation through the District Council; although this compensation is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the District Council to pass on to towns and parishes.
We welcome Cotswold District Council’s decision to in part compensate Cirencester and we will receive £69,164.
This means that in addition to already using some of our reserves the Town Council will need to fund £683,536 through Council Tax.