Thursday, 17 August 2017

Parish council holds tax precept for year

COUNCIL taxpayers in Sonning Common will not pay any more for services provided by the parish council for the next

COUNCIL taxpayers in Sonning Common will not pay any more for services provided by the parish council for the next year.

The council precept will be set at £99,000 for the year beginning April 1.

This means that a typical Band D householder will pay £63.90 a year, £5.33 per month or £1.23 per week.

The council says it wants to remain proactive and fund new projects that benefit the village.

Chairman Douglas Kedge said: “The village deserves to have all the facilities it can get and we have plans to spend the money very much in the interest of the village.”



A report showed the precept for Sonning Common was lower than that of three other large villages in South Oxfordshire last year and councillor Kedge said that he believed residents were happy at the amount they paid.

The council expects to receive £13,159 in grants from Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council and from hiring out amenities such as allotments to residents.

It plans to spend £62,561 on maintaining cleanliness and tidiness in the village and on projects such as the village youth club, which will have its grant increased from £8,000 to £10,000.

Cllr Kedge said: “The village is short on facilities in some areas, particularly young people. We spend quite a large amount on trying to keep the youth club going.”

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