£1.3m bill to run Bodmin town council services in 2014
IT WILL cost almost £1.3 million for Bodmin Town Council to operate its services in the coming financial year, with £907,000 coming from residents.
The town council has increased its precept by 1.99 per cent from April. Councillors say they have managed the low increase despite a 10.6 per cent cut in the Council Tax Support Grant it receives from central government.
One of the significant costs for the coming financial year is the replacement of the roof on the grade two listed Shire House.
The council has also agreed to spend an estimated £37,000 on the Public Rooms, which is expected to be sold for a nominal sum to Bodmin Community Association in the near future.
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Councillor Ralph Solomons, chairman of the council's finance committee, said: "We expect the Shire House roof to cost between £200,000 to £220,000, but that isn't all the building costs. It includes internal repairs, and there will be a lot of remedial work afterwards as the roof has been leaking for several years and we had to move people from those offices due to the damp.
"Due to health and safety we are carrying out two repairs on the Public Rooms at a cost of £37,000. The wall facing south has lumps of masonry coming out of it and the wall facing north adjoining the chiropractors is very damp and needs work,'' said Mr Solomons.
"We are spending the money despite the handover to the Bodmin Community Association with which we are keen to move forward."
He said prudent financial housekeeping and hard work put into working though the budget cuts last year had been of considerable help in setting the new budget.
"The budget contains sufficient funding to assist the community group with providing Christmas lights in the town centre, which we know is appreciated by many people in the town.
"Added to this is the cost of providing public conveniences in the town, which is £58,000 and includes rates and the cost of dealing with vandalism which has been on the increase in recent months,'' he said.
The council's total expenditure, to cover operational costs will be £1,289,295 and the precept figure for 2014-15 will be £907,620.
The authority said it was unable to provide a figure for the increase in council tax for a band D property owner at this time.