Sleaford Town Councillors have voted in principle not to increase their precept requirement from the Government and will not raise their share of the council tax on households.
It was reported at last Wednesday’s meeting that a slight reduction in the number of qualifying households and a reduction in the government grant by about £1,000, meant there would be a shortfall in the town council budget of £7,860. This could have been made up by tax payers but councillors opted to stick to their current tax figure of £104.07 for an average Band D home which has been frozen for the last three years. This will be added to demands by county and district councils and police.
Pending news of final figures, Coun Mark Allen said: “I think this is something we can manage within our budgets. I don’t think we should be putting the precept up.” Coun David Suiter agreed, saying more income from parking and the cemetery may make up the difference.
Coun Gordon Jackson added a note of caution if they had to pay large legal bills fighting compulsory purchase of the recreation ground, but Coun Allen said the council should ask the public if they would accept to pay for the fight through their council tax.
Coun Mark Graves warned there may be further restrictions to funding in future years.