Caistor Council approves 3% tax rise

Caistor Mayor Steve Millson
Caistor Mayor Steve Millson

Caistor Town Council unanimously approved a three per cent rise in its precept for 2014/15 last week.

This means the town council will receive just over £80,000 from residents, who will pay an extra £3.12 to the town authority next year, taking the annual bill for a Band D property to £86.46.

Mayor Steve Millson said: “This will allow us to gain a little more reserve this year as we have seen our reserves reduced throughout the last year and this will allow us to recoup this to a level recommended for this size of council.”

Clerk Helen Pitman told councillors that the reserves had been depleted over the last 12 months because of expenditure on the town’s Neighbourhood Plan and the ongoing refurbishment of parks.

She added: “Again, next year should the skate park go ahead we are looking at a £9,000 VAT bill, so we do need cash-flow.”

Councillors put aside another £5,000 for parks too.

Market Rasen Town Council has frozen its precept for the second year, but does receive a higher amount, £100,000.