Perranzabuloe Parish Council bill to almost triple next year
The parish council which covers Perranporth, Goonhavern and Penhallow will almost triple its council tax bill next year.
In a budget meeting last Monday, Perranzabuloe Parish Council voted to increase the part of the council tax bill which they control.
From April next year a band D property in the parish will pay an extra £72.28 on top of last year’s £37.38 charge.
In total, band D residents will pay £109.66 to the parish council within their council tax bill.
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The council cites a high one-off maintenance cost for street lighting and a potential decrease in the amount of grant money as two reasons for the increase.
During last week’s budget meeting, council chairman, Linda Higgins, said “This is what we estimate we need to run the council. We have tried to put in there realistic figures that we can justify to anybody that asks.”
While many councillors were reluctant to raise the tax, most conceded that due to Cornwall Council and national government cuts, parish residents would have to endure the increase for the maintenance of services.
During the meeting councillor Ben Byfield asked: “What would our parishioners expect us to do? Would they expect us to cut services or would they expect us to maintain them?”