Standstill budget at Brigg

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Brigg Town Councillors have backed a standstill budget for 2014-15 at their monthly meeting, meaning there will be no increase in council tax demand from the council.

There had been an underspend on the 2013-14 budget due to the early conclusion of the Three Bs’ Young Persons Project.

Christmas lights however are a problem and money will have to be spent on them if they are to be improved in 2014.

The new budget for 2014-15 reflects an overspend on Christmas lights in 2013, as work was needed to meet health and safety requirements and the provision for 2014 includes the possibility of changing to LED Lights and improving the decor of the Christmas tree.

The overspend on Christmas Lights of £2,500 in 2013-14 is reflected in the budget agreed of £20,000 for lights improvements for Christmas 2014.

Community projects increase from a spend of £9,200 in 2013-14 to £12,000 for the new fiscal year, mainly because of the Millennium Green management is being taken over by the town council.

“I feel it would be inappropriate to raise the precept at the present time when families are finding it tough; we still have a healthy reserve,” said Coun Mike Champion.

The precept for 2014-15 is, therefore, being retained at £118,000 and any budget requirements in excess of that will be offset from the reserve fund.