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Weymouth Town Council agree a 10p a week increase to precept

Weymouth Town Council agreed to increase its precept for the coming year, which will see residents pay an extra 10 pence a week for services. 

Councillors debated the budget proposals for the 2023/24 financial year, before agreeing to a three per cent increase to the precept. The precept refers to the town council’s share of the council tax paid by residents and is used to maintain local services including parks, gardens, open spaces, cemeteries, allotments, beach, and town centre work. 

The decision was approved at tonight’s meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 11th January. It means that from April the average Band D property will pay £181.70 a year for services, an extra £5.29 than last year, or 10 pence a week. 

The council will spend £4,238,700 million on its work for Weymouth over the coming year. The budgets are financed through a combination of trading income, service fees and charges, and the precept.    

Cllr David Gray, Chair of Finance & Governance Committee, which considered the draft proposals at its December meeting, said: “We recognise these are extremely difficult times for residents which is why we have tried to keep the increase in the precept for the coming year as low as possible. This will ensure we can meet the challenges in the coming year – including inflation which currently stands at over nine per cent – and protect the wide range of services the town council looks after such as the beach and Promenade, parks, gardens, events, public toilets, play areas, community grants, and allotments.” 

For full details and to read the committee reports, visit www.weytmouthtowncouncil.gov.uk/committee 


Notes to Editors 

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