Small precept rise as council trims budget

Holbeach Parish Council vice chairman Isobel Hutchinson.
Holbeach Parish Council vice chairman Isobel Hutchinson.
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Council tax payers in Holbeach are facing a spike in their bills of about £5.50 after parish councillors’ efforts to keep spending down next year.

A budget of just under £195,000 was set for 2015/16 by Holbeach Parish Council at a meeting on Monday, resulting in a precept rise of nearly two per cent.

It means the town’s share of council tax, compared to other parts of South Holland, will cost council tax payers about £64.88 for the year based on an average band D property.

Coun Paul Brighton, chairman of the finance committee, said: “We’ve cut back on many of the things that we’d like to do, non-essential things, in trying to keep the precept rise below two per cent.

“There are lots of thing we’d like to do but, at the end of the day, it’s not our money.”

The parish council is responsibility for providing and maintaining allotments in the Holbeach area, as well as sites such as Carter’s Park, Holbeach St Johns churchyard and the council offices in West End, Holbeach.

Parish council vice chairman Isobel Hutchinson said: “We tried to keep the precept as low as we possibly could, but there’s still a certain amount that has to go on to keep the parish functioning and to provide extra facilities and services where possible.

“It’s a difficult one to try and balance the books year on year, but being around two per cent is about where we needed to be.”