Town's council tax precept up by 2%
KEYNSHAM town councillors have voted to increase the council tax precept by two per cent from April.
The rise means a Band D household will contribute £93.12 to the town council in 2020/21, up from £91.29 - an increase of 3.52p a week.
The council, having finalised its annual budget, forecasts it will spend £870,173 over the financial year. This includes £40,000 towards the High Street Heritage Action Zone Project, £15,000 towards the refurbishment of Kelston Park play area and an estimated £20,000 to improve allotments.
Town clerk Cheryl Scott said the council would save almost £19,000 on staff pensions next year and had saved £40,000 in staff costs in the current financial year by delaying recruitment.
Dr Scott said: “Like many other councils up and down the country, Keynsham Town Council has to think very carefully when making decisions about whether to take on more responsibilities, projects and activities that would incur more cost.”
Chairman Andy Wait said the council would continue to address residents’ environmental concerns, following its decision last May to declare a climate emergency. As part of this initiative, it has allocated an extra £10,000 to the existing £20,000 available as grants to community organisations that will be ring-fenced to support environmental projects.
It will allocate a further £10,000 a year for the next three years for small community infrastructure projects and will launch a call for suggestions at the annual town meeting on Thursday April 23 at 7.30pm in The Space. The council will also further its efforts towards reducing carbon emissions and single-use plastics.
For more information, visit the council’s website at www. keynsham-the towntc.gov.uk