The Town Council is pleased to announce that it has set the precept for 2015/16 at level which will not increase the tax paid by each household. The Band D property charge will remain at £89.74.
At its meeting on 12 January the budget for next year was approved by Council Members. Members heard from the Chair of Finance, Councillor David Marren, that the Council’s finances were in a healthy state and the budget for next year meant that there was no need to increase revenue by charging more in tax.
Councillor Marren said “This is due to continued savings and improving efficiency, in particular at the Civic Hall. The Council has managed to reduce the subsidy to the Civic Hall by a significant amount since the facility was transferred from Cheshire East. This has been achieved whilst taking on new services – Market Hall and Farmer’s Market, street entertainment, Christmas lights, tourism, toilets, the comfort scheme, CCTV, shopmobility and the allotments. However the Town Council is mindful of the need for caution going forward. As Cheshire East looks to cut back its service provision because of reduced support in government funding the Town Council may have to take on more services in the near future”.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Martin commented, “We are very pleased to be able to hold the precept tax at the same level for next year. The Council will continue to work hard to improve services and seek efficiencies and there is a commitment to freezing the precept for several years. At the same time we have been able to give increasing support to our local organisations and events that make Nantwich such an attractive place to live and to visit.”