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Near 20% rise in Hayle town council tax

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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TAXPAYERS in Hayle will see their council tax bills rise in the coming year after the town council agreed to raise its precept by almost 20 per cent.

The budget for 2014-15 will be £274,556 an increase of more than £40,000 from the previous year.

Hayle Town Council said the main reasons for increasing the rate is due to a reduction of services which would in the past have been covered by Cornwall Council.

Mayor Jayne Ninnes, said: "We have had a dip in funding but also an increase in services that we need to provide.

"I think in general, although nobody likes a rise in tax, people realise we have no option because we want to keep services. We wish it wasn't the case and we didn't have to pick up services from Cornwall Council, but it is facing cuts too."

Cornwall Council will no longer fund CCTV in the town which councillors say has forced them to spend a further £8,000 to maintain the surveillance.

Funding for the provision of public toilets has also been cut.

Eleanor Giggal, town clerk, said: "A £20,000 grant from Cornwall Council does not cover the true cost of the operation, which was £37,000 this year. Hayle Town Council had £10,000 in budget but has now had to add an additional £7,000." For a band D property the increase equates to an extra £18.09 for the year.

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