WESTBURY households will see a 4.8% increase in their precept payments in April – which works out at an additional 92p a month for the average band D household.
The town council says that after agreeing their budget (precept) earlier this month, the precept will see a small increase for the next financial year 2024 to 2025 following increasing costs of delivering local services, coupled with inflation. The precept is the main source of income for the town council and is collected by Wiltshire Council on behalf of the town council and it forms part of the overall council tax bill.
The town council says, “There will be a small rise this year, which will cover the inflationary increase passed on to us from suppliers and the cost of delivering local services. The small increase of 4.8% will result in an average band D household seeing an increase of 92p per month on its Westbury Town Council element from April 2024.
“Your council tax bill includes payments to Wiltshire Council, which makes up the largest part of your bill and also charges for the police and fire services. Their increases are determined separately, and the town council has no influence over these.
“Band D properties are used as a measure of the national average. Houses in other bands (A to C) will see a smaller increase or (E to H) a larger increase. The income is used to help fund the services, assets, staff and resources required to run an efficient town council.”
The council previously raised the precept by 27% in the financial year 2023 to 2024 as the town council took on the ownership and management of Vivash Park, as well as improving and updating the CCTV system across the town.