WEM TOWN COUNCIL CONTINUES to INVEST IN WEM COMMUNITY
At a special meeting of Wem Town Council held on Tuesday 17th January 2017 Councillors agreed the annual budget for The Town Council for 2017-18. At the meeting the Council also set the council tax precept for the coming year. The town precept is the total quantity of money the council will take from the council tax payer to run the services provided by the Town Council for the year April 2017 to March 2018.
The Town Council has reluctantly agreed an increase in the precept which will result in an increase of £5.20 per year (just over 10p a week) for a council tax payer living in a band D property.
The Town Council continues to strive to improve efficiency and reduce costs where necessary. In 2017 the Town Council plans to continue to upgrade its street lighting stock to more energy efficient LED lights and funds have been allocated in the annual budget for this purpose.
As part of its budget The Town Council pledged its continued financial commitment to supporting community based initiatives and voluntary organisations working to provide additional services and facilities for residents of the Town. This commitment ensures that money raised from the precept is redistributed locally for the benefit of residents. Details of all grants awarded for the coming year can be found on the Town Council’s website.
Budget cuts by Shropshire Council continue to affect the Town Council, as it continues to be encouraged to take over facilities in the town that Shropshire Council can no longer afford to run. In order to address this provision has been made in the budget to look at the services and assets being offered to the Council to ensure that they are needed by the local community and if necessary bring them up to an acceptable standard prior to taking them over.
Wem Town Council