Parish Council Precept
The Parish Council Precept is a tax charged on each property in the parish to fund the activities which the Parish Council undertakes for the benefit of the community.
Every year, the Parish Council has to submit its proposed precept to CWaC for inclusion with annual Council Tax bills for each household. Collecting the precept enables the Parish Council to fulfil its responsibilities to residents.
The Finance Committee of the Parish Council met in January to consider its budget for 2017/18, when each item of expenditure is looked at and funded in accordance with its importance. This year, some items had their budgets increased to take account of future plans:
- Community Safety, due to the possible introduction of Speed Limits in the village and Operation Shield.
- Community Funding, for the Centenary Anniversary of Armistice 11th November 2018 and a grant to the Tennis Club for repainting tennis courts and repairing fencing.
- Repairing the Church Clock chimes. The Parish Council originally re-instated the Church Clock Chimes for the Millennium and have a power to maintain the Church Clock.
- Additional funding of £5,000 added for the Play Area development.
Incorporating these amounts into the budget delivered a Precept of £36,530 for 2017/2018, which represented an increase of 1.6% for a Band D property, increasing the annual amount payable from £35.91 to £36.49.
This was recommended for approval of the full Parish Council and ratified at the Extra-Ordinary Parish Council meeting which followed on from the Finance Meeting.
Parish Council Precept for 2018/19
Each year, in January, the Finance Committee of the Parish Council meets to look at what money will be needed in the coming year to pay for budgeted items. This funding forms part of your Council Tax and allows the Parish Council to deliver the services for which it is responsible.
Two years ago, there was a small percentage increase in the Precept rate, but there was also a levy of £10 on each Band D household raise funds to rebuild the play area in the centre of the village, which is now a fantastic asset for our community.
In 2018/19, the Parish Council intends to levy a further one-off £10 payment per Band D property so that Operation Shield can be made available to every property in the parish.
Operation Shield is a police initiative which works by using unique DNA liquid to mark property in your home. The DNA coding is linked solely to your address so that if goods are stolen and then recovered, they can be traced back to you. Further information can be found at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/business-safety-and-security/operation-shield-property-marking-system/
Each household will receive one kit free of charge and additional kits can be bought at modest cost from the police. The parish will be able to put up signs showing that Operation Shield is used in the area and results have shown that crime figures are much reduced when thieves realise that property is protected with DNA liquid.
Tattenhall is one of the last parishes in Cheshire to take part in Operation Shield and the Parish Council feels that it would be of great benefit to all residents.
Including the £10 one-off levy will raise a Precept of £48,384 meaning a payment of £46.49 per Band D property. These figures were recommended to the Parish Council and were approved at the Extra-Ordinary meeting held on 22nd January 2018.
The next Parish Council meeting will take place on 5th March at 7.30pm in the Barbour Institute. All residents are welcome to attend and raise matters of local concern in the Open Forum before the official meeting.