No change: Stone Town council has voted to freeze its precept, the amount it is allowed to charge Stone residents towards the Borough’s Community Charge, for the third year running.
The pegged Town Council precept follows the Borough Council’s decision to reduce the Community Charge by 2 % – a reduction made possible thanks to windfall funding by central government.
“The 2014-15 Council Tax for Stone Town Council has been set at £40.09 for a Band D Council Tax payer, the same level as 2013-14,”
Town Clerk Les Trigg explained.
“This supports net Council spending of £237,880 for the year. This sum of £40.09 will be added to the Council Tax determined by Staffordshire County Council, Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire Police and the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in order to determine the total Council Tax payable by Stone residents for the year.”
“The Council provides two community centres, two allotment sites, two free car parks, Crown Meadow Nature Reserve, bus shelters and benches, the town market and the Christmas lights,”
said Town Council Leader Cllr Philip Jones.
“It also provides grants to voluntary organisations, supports various festivals and works to promote tourism into Stone. The Town Council is a Statutory Consultee on all planning applications and strives to protect the special character of our market town. By way of comparison readers might like to know that the Town Council precept in Uttoxeter is well over £100.”