Sunday, 20 August 2017

Council agrees tax rise

RESIDENTS of Watlington are to pay more for services provided by the parish council.

RESIDENTS of Watlington are to pay more for services provided by the parish council.

The council has agreed an increase of 3.6 per cent in its share of council tax from April 1, meaning a typical band D household will pay £78.19 compared with £75.47 at present.

Tim Horton, chairman of the council’s finance committee, said the increase was the largest during the life of the current council but was still less than £4 for the “average” family.

Councillor Tony Williamson said the council had an important role to play on behalf of the people of Watlington by supporting the pavilion, youth club, bus service and Citizens Advice Bureau.

But Councillor Nick Hancock said: “I think to put up the precept by 3.6 per cent sends out all the wrong signals in terms of bench-marking it against inflation.” Inflation is currently at half a per cent.



Councillor Robert Barber said he’d vote for an increase of 3.6 per cent “very reluctantly”.

Members agreed to start a fund to support the long-term future of the pavilion with £1,000 transferred from the council’s general reserves.

The council also resolved to support, in principle, the 101 bus service to Oxford which operates on a Saturday night and Sunday.

GoRide, which runs the service, has asked the Five Parish Bus Group, of which Watlington is a member, to subsidise the service in order to keep it going.

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