THE AMOUNT of tax residents pay to Caistor Town Council is set to rise significantly despite a last-minute plea from residents to freeze the precept.
At a town council meeting on Thursday, February 10, the authority’s members resolved to raise its precept to £69,889, a hike of more than £12,500.
More than £13,000 of this money will be used to provide community groups like Caistor in Bloom and the town hall committee with grants for future projects.
This means each Caistor household will pay an extra £15.99 council tax during 2011/12.
But not all members of the council agreed with the rise.
Coun Mike Stockwood said: “I do not agree that £13,000 in grants when we do not seem to be spending on our own assets is acceptable.”
But Mayor John Burns Salmond said £9,000 of the grants approved by the council would go towards its assets and that the precept in previous years had not been adequate.
He said: “It is clearly evident that the level of precept has not been good enough because previous councils have consistently had to dip into the reserves because they did not raise the precept.”
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