In the February edition of the Community Newspaper we gave a breakdown of the increase in the precept for 2013-14. This amounted to between £1.50 and £2.75, per household, per year, which equates to between 3p and 5p per week, depending upon the council tax band of the property. We received no adverse comment on this at all.
Let us now put some percentages into context. Our precept forms less than 1% of your total council tax bill. This year your council tax bill has risen by 2%, and Billingham Town Council precept rise is roughly one seventh of that 2% – or, in percentage terms, between 0.1 and 0.2%. This is the actual impact of this year’s increase.