A PARISH council is set to increase it's precept by five per cent. Forsbrook Parish Council has stated that the extra money to be paid by council tax payers within their parish during the financial year of 2020/21 will enable it to carry out “more community activity” within the village. A precept is a 'bill' which parish and town councils, and other statutory bodies, send to district councils - the authorities which collects council tax.
For our area, each council tax payer’s annual bill is made up of precepts from Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), Staffordshire Police, the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service along with their relevant town/parish councils.
The five per cent increase on the £43,000 received from council tax payers by Forsbrook Parish Council will produce an extra £2,100 from its electorate of 5,000 dwellings.
This will mean that, for those living in a Band D property within the parish, there will be an increase of £1.25 in their council tax bill for the parish council element.
The other statutory bodies are yet to set their precepts for the 2020/21 financial year, which means the overall council tax bills for the Forsbrook parish area could increase even more – or indeed decrease.
Forsbrook Parish Council clerk Dawn Plant said this would be the first time that the council has put the precept up for at least ten years.
Mrs Plant also said that by doing so it would “enable us to do more community activity.”
Within the council’s precept budget, the extra £2,100 is part of the total £11,000 the council has set aside for it’s “open spaces to include recreational activity” category.
Among a host of other categories, £2,500 has been budgeted for elections, £6,000 for ground maintenance and gravel levelling and £2,000 for “fete”.
In total, Forsbrook Parish Council has budgeted for £89,535 for the 2020/21 financial year – £45,100 of which will be paid for by council tax payers.
The precept increase was set out during a recent Financial and General Purposes Committee meeting of the Forsbrook Parish Council and was rubber-stamped at a full council meeting on Monday (December 16) evening.
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