Bude-Stratton Town Council have agreed the Council Tax base for 2019/20 – an increase of 3.14%.
As with most years, the Town Council faces a number of cost growth pressures – often driven by wage cost and cost inflation. However, this year in particular sees a significant increase of responsibilities for Bude-Stratton Town Council.
The Town Council will be taking over the responsibility of some key services from Cornwall Council, as part of their devolution programme. The devolution of services from Cornwall Council to Bude-Stratton Town Council is as a result of budget cuts from central Government.
Services that Bude-Stratton Town Council will be taking over include:
- Bude Library and ‘One Stop Shop’
- Two additional play parks (Summerleaze and Crooklets)
The play parks will require some capital spend to re-provide obsolete or removed equipment, as well as on-going insurance, inspection and maintenance costs.
The library staff will transfer on to the Town Council’s payroll and the Town Council will take on the maintenance and running costs of the Library Building.
Then, of course, there are other areas of service growth, such as the purchase and reopen of Stratton and Poughill public toilets. These will require some capital spend and will impact on wage and service costs.
There are also four other public toilets in Bude (the responsibility of these facilities had been devolved from Cornwall Council to Bude-Stratton Town Council in 2016) which will require some refurbishment spend over the coming year.
Lastly, there is some consideration being given to providing greater enforcement activity within the Parish, with budgeting for a Civil Enforcement Officer.
Whilst steps have been taken to reduce budgeted spend in certain areas and office staff costs have been reduced, overall, as a result of the continued growth in services delivered by the Town Council, the precept will need to increase slightly above inflation.
For more information about this year’s budget for Bude-Stratton Town Council, please visit: www.bude-stratton.gov.uk/budget