Hailsham Town Council has agreed its budget for 2024-2025.
The Town Council adopted the recommendation put forward by the Finance, Budget & Resources Committee for the next financial year (April 2024 to March 2025) and agreed a budget of £1,582,898, with this being the precept amount being requisitioned from Wealden District Council.
This means that council tax for a Band D property in Hailsham will be £204.87, which represents just a 73p per week increase on the previous year.
In making the recommendations for the budget, the Town Council aims to provide continuing security for essential services for residents and visitors alike with value for money improvements where possible.
“The Town Council has agreed to increase its share of the council tax for the next financial year,” said Councillor Gavin Blake-Coggins, chairman of the Finance, Budget & Resources Committee. “Nobody likes to see an increase in the Town Council’s share of the precept, but a 73p per week increase I think represents value for money when you consider all the things that we do, as well as increased running, administrative, contract and other costs.”
“The Town Council continues to deliver value for money, and I think the budget proposal for the next year will enable us to continue to do that and go some way towards making a significant difference for the residents of Hailsham.”
Some key changes which have affected the Town Council and justified an increase in its share of council tax include heightened utility costs at most sites, an increase in gravedigging, horticultural and grass cutting cost, as well as recent price increases pertaining to IT and computing costs, tree surgery contract services, the expansion of Hailsham Youth Service, the reinstating of annual grants to local community organisations, the provision of expenditure for the outcome of a recent staff review, and other new or increased costs expected.
Councillor Blake-Coggins added: “The Finance, Budget & Resources Committee was in agreement that the Town Council cannot continue to remove items of expenditure year on year, as this in turn causes a false starting point the following financial year, in turn increasing financial difficulties in setting the budget.”
“Our focus for the next year will be to continue to ensure all services are run as efficiently as possible, including the running of the high street post office, community halls, cemetery, play areas and youth services, as well as funding for additional grass cutting and more.”
Council taxpayers should be aware that only a small percentage of the council tax demand goes to Hailsham Town Council – the remaining percentage goes to Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, the Police Authority and the Fire Service for the services they provide.
Locally, the Town Council is committed to supporting community-based initiatives and voluntary organisations, and throughout the next 12 months, will continue to work hard and drive forward initiatives to promote the town as a key location to live, work and visit, helping to boost the local economy.
If you require any further information on the Town Council budget for 2024-2025, please contact John Harrison (Town Clerk) on 01323 841702 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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