HAILSHAM: Town council budgets for Council Tax freeze

HAILSHAM Town Council has frozen its share of the council tax bill for the third year in a row.

It has been agreed that a precept of £818,660 be requested from Wealden District Council - freezing the amount of money tax payers will have to pay for the services provided by the Town Council.

At a meeting of the Town Council held on Monday, December 13, councillors agreed to keep the council tax precept for the year April 2011 to March 2012 the same as for this year.

Hailsham Town Council’s proportion of council tax for a Band D property will be £117.72, which is 80p lower than last year.

Bryan Burchmore, Deputy Town Mayor and Chairman of the Finance, Policy and Resources Committee said, “The Town Council has set a budget for the year ahead which enables us to deliver important services to residents, without increasing our share of the council tax bill.

“We were keen to try to achieve a freeze on the council tax precept for the third year running, in what we appreciate is still a difficult financial climate for many residents and businesses in Hailsham.

“Throughout the past few months, we have looked at the way services are delivered to the community, together with our staffing levels and committee budget allocations, making noticeable efficiency savings where we could, but without compromising the quality of the services that we provide.

“Hailsham Town Council will continue to review its service delivery through best practice and value for money in the future,” he added.