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Town could reduce tax
10:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
AFTER increasing their council tax demand by a whopping 27.8 per cent earlier this year to help fund a new community centre in the town, Tidworth town councillors were asked whether the tax demand would reduce next year now that the project is on the back burner.
In April the charge levied on a band D property by Tidworth jumped from £78.93 to £100.84 a year.
In comparison, neighbouring Ludgershall charges £71.58 while the nearby small rural communities of Tidcombe and Fosbury, which are part of the Tidworth Community Area, pay nil parish council charges.
Other Wiltshire towns’ charges range from £57.95 in Amesbury to £199 in Calne and £172.30 in Malmesbury.
Former town council chairman, Steve Dagger asked whether the new higher level of council tax will be maintained in the light of the decision not to press on with the proposed Civic Centre.
Councillor Mark Connolly said: “The plan was to pay money up front and not pay so much to service the debt on the building but it has been put on hold.
“It is a debate we will have to have as a council whether or not we reduce the precept.”
Complicating factors are on the horizon though as changes to the way council taxes are calculated has reduced their yields and town and parish council could be capped before too long. The changes could reduce the council’s funding by £17,000 a year.
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