Seaford: It’s now a 10 per cent tax hike for residents

SEAFORD residents are facing almost a 10 per cent rise in the town council portion of their council tax.

Despite opposition by several Liberal Democrat councillors, the majority of town councillors voted in favour of the increase, which will see residents living in Band D properties paying an extra £4.42 a year per household on last year.

Lib Dem Councillor Bob Allen questioned why £10,000 within the precept was going towards Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He said, “A rise in council tax over twice the rate of inflation to my mind is unacceptable.

“It (Diamond Jubilee) should be self-funding and perhaps we should get some outside sponsorship.”

The increase is 9.53 per cent and means people living in Band D households will pay £50.82 per year towards the town council portion of their bill.

The money going towards the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will cost residents in Band D homes around £1.

Resident Bob Gower said part of last year’s manifesto was to keep the precept down.

But Councillor Ian White said the change was the equivalent of an extra 36p per household per month for Band D properties.

Of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, he added, “The whole country will be contributing in some style, I think people of this town will expect to do the same.

“It’s got to come at some cost.

“All these organisations are struggling for money and this council feels it should take the lead in organising this event and by doing so we have to show a bit more leadership in putting up some money.”

He added that positive changes to the town would not come without investment.

Councillor Sam Adeniji said, “For me as a councillor it’s giving the people of Seaford value for money”.

While Councillor Sarah McStravick said, “I concur with Councillor Allen, in this time of austerity it’s difficult to defend the amount of money being spent.

“Perhaps we can do something along the lines of ticketing the event.”

Councillors backed the rise in council tax, agreeing to approve the precept in the sum of £509,629 for 2012-13.