Residents receiving their council tax bills from Cheshire East Council may have noticed an increase in the Town Council element of their bills. This 14.6% reflects a £6.35 per year increase in the amount a Band D property pays to the Town Council, or just 12p extra per week.
The Band D for Knutsford is now £49.84; the fourth lowest for the towns in Cheshire East (only the larger towns of Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Crewe are lower). The precept of £286,020 accounts for 60% of the Town Council’s income, and was increased by £38,912 for the new financial year.
The key question is why the precept has increased;
- The loss of £6,200 of funding from central government (through Cheshire East Council) for tax bases changes implemented in 2014
- Continuing the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford
- Installing new Speed Indicator Devices at two entrance roads to Knutsford
- Delivering a new Music Festival and supporting the Pumpkin Path
- Transfer of the Knutsford Town Council Offices from Cheshire East Council
In addition to this the Town Council is continuing to undertake a range of projects including improvements at Wallwood, Tabley Hill cemetery and other public open spaces as well as continuing to support community organisations through its community grants scheme.
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner said “The Town Council aims to keep its precept to a minimum whilst delivering the maximum impact for its residents”
“We go through a rigorous process to set our budget and always seek to find efficiencies and minimise costs without reducing the services we provide.”
You can view the Town Council budget in full here: Budget 2017/18
How does Knutsford Compare?
|Town||Band D Rate|
|Holmes Chapel||£ 77.49|
|Alderley Edge||£ 66.99|