Council Tax 2018 / 19
The Council’s net spending requirement for 2018/19 is £376,500. This represents a basic Council Tax Charge for a Band D property of £127.11 (2017/18 – £120.80). The main expenditure for 2018/19 compared with 2017/18 is summarised as follows
|Main expenditure (£)||2017/18||2018/19|
|Mayoral and Civic||9,530||9,650|
|Wimborne Cemetery Precept||11,282||11,630|
|Subscriptions & Grants to Local Organisations||28,475||32,250|
|Contribution to Citizens Advice Bureau||7,000||8,000|
|Planning & Environment||500||550|
|Contribution to The Square Refurbishment (10yrs)||3,000||3,000|
|Redcotts Future Projects Fund||10,000|
|Town Centre Maintenance Contract||2,500||3,100|
|Contribution to Service 88||2,500|
|Devolution Community Fund||20,000||15,000|
|Transfer to General Fund||15,000|
|General Balance Adjustment||185||78|
• This year we have had to increase our staffing levels due to the heavier workload (this is a large part of the overall increase). In relation to other councils of the same size as Wimborne Minster, we have been significantly understaffed for some time and with the challenges ahead with the increase in the population and Local Government Reorganisation, we need to ensure we are prepared.
• The Grants fund shows an increase but this is because the Folk Festival grant and the £7000 support to the Tourist Information Centre were included in separate budget codes. These have now been included in the overall grants budget.
• We have had a number of suggestions for improvements and maintenance requirements regarding Redcotts Recreation Ground and a budget of £10,000 has been provided to start a funds that builds up each year to enable us to take forward such projects.
• The Town Centre Maintenance has risen £600 this year due to additional maintenance and cleaning within the town that we now find we have to do. This is 50% of the increase, the rest is being contributed by Wimborne BID.
All discussions about our budgets are held in public meetings prior to budget setting, usually in October. This is when the explanations and rationale can be heard – and the public have opportunities to ask questions. Decisions are then included in the minutes of these meetings and are published on our website.