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Ventnor Town Council Sets 9 Per Cent Council Tax Increase

Ventnor Town Council agreed to increase its precept council tax by 9 per cent for the next financial year, at its budget meeting last night (Tuesday).

This was reduced from the 11.2% proposed in the agenda papers, after Ventnor West councillor Ian Bond proposed that the council anticipate further staff savings during the early part of the year, and use these to cover some of the project spend in the budget.

Cllr Bond said:

“There was widespread concern at the suggestion made at our December meeting of a tax increase of 16.6%, and I have been working with the Mayor and Finance Officer to try and bring this down.

"This is a difficult year for many residents, and I am pleased that the latest changes made have brought our increase down into single figures, and that we have dropped the Town Crier project that many residents felt would not be a sensible use of funds.

"We (also) need to work with Ventnor Fringe to renew and enhance the electrical supply in the park, and cover the costs of the CCTV needed to protect our public toilets from vandalism.”

The agreed budget provides for the beach safety team to work through the summer and be lifeguard trained, CCTV for the Esplanade toilets, and renewal of the electrical supply in Ventnor Park.

The VTC precept council tax for next year will be £185.90 at Band D, compared to £170.57 for the current year.

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