SEAFORD: Town council pegs tax increase to 2.5%

SEAFORD residents face an increase of just under 2.5 per cent in the town council proportion of their council tax bill.

At a meeting of Seaford Town Council last week councillors resolved to set the precept at a 2.49 per cent increase to £464,860.

This is lower than inflation and slightly lower than the government national support being offered to major authorities for freezing its level of council tax.

The figure means an annual rise of £1.13 per band D household, or less than 10 pence per month for the town council element.

Seaford’s precept is still the lowest of all the towns in the Lewes district.

At the meeting it was also decided to consider the grant to Seaford In Bloom outside the main grants fund due to the necessity of the timing of their projects.

Extra money was also allocated to the grant fund for voluntary and community groups in Seaford while savings were made in the administration budget.

The council will be continuing existing projects and undertaking new ones, including making improvements to the Martello toilets and the Salts changing rooms.

The leader of Seaford Town Council, Jon Freeman, said, “I’m pleased that we will be able to further support the excellent work undertaken by the voluntary and community groups in the town at a time of greater need and potentially less national resources.”