Town council’s tax freeze

Hailsham Town Council has agreed to a zero per cent rise for its share of the council tax.

At the meeting of the council’s Finance & Budget Oversight Committee held earlier this month it was agreed the town council’s part of the bill should remain at £114.69, the same as the previous financial year.

Finance & Budget Oversight Committee chairman Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou

said, “The council is aware that the financial difficulties experienced by local residents as a result of the adverse economic climate still exist, so we have worked hard with council officers to

review our service delivery through best practice and value for money throughout

the past year.”

“For this reason, the council has agreed to freeze its share of the council tax for the 2013/2014 financial year. All local authorities have a public duty to keep council tax increases to a minimum and, despite having the same financial pressures as all other local authorities, we have shown that, with careful financial planning, we can achieve this council tax freeze without compromising essential services for the community.”

“Our focus for the next year will be to continue to ensure all services are run as efficiently as possible.”

Only a small percentage of the council tax demand goes to Hailsham Town Council – the remaining percentage goes to Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, the Police Authority and the Fire Service for the services they provide.

For more formation on the town council budget for 2013/14 call 01323 841702 or email john.harrison@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.