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Town council precept will not rise

Created on 14/01/2021 @ 10:47
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Newtown Town Council will not increase it's precept for the Council Tax this April, it has agreed.

The council said despite an increase in costs it will utilise savings to ensure its precept doesn't increase and it will not cut back on projects.

The council unanimously agreed to keep its precept at £774,844 for the 2021/22 budget year.

However, the overall Council Tax will go up as Powys County Council, Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service precepts are expected to rise.

Cllr J Barker, Chair of Resources Committee, said: “Although costs have risen in many areas, and without cutting back on projects, we have managed, by utilising some savings and dipping into reserves, to set a budget that requires no increase in the contributions from the residents of
Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn.

"We felt that in these difficult times it was important not to make additional demands on the people of Newtown.”

The town council said it had consulted on plans and strategies to carefully set a budget and with Covid-19 putting a stop to many of the town council projects in 20/21 it has recognised that 21/22 "will continue to be unusual and difficult for people in Newtown."

"The town council’s unchanged precept for the 2021/2022 budget year calculates to a slight reduction per household."

Mayor Cllr D Selby said: “I am delighted that the Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council has been able to achieve a slight reduction in its Council Tax charge for the next year, without having to cut back on its activities and its work on behalf of town residents. The town continues to face many
challenges in these difficult times, and the Town Council will continue to play its part in planning for the future.”

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