Increase proposed for town council precept

WHITBY Town Council has proposed an increase of 3.6 per cent on the parish precept for 2011/2012.

The current charge is set at £221, 050 but the town council’s finance and general purposes committee has recommended it be increased to £229, 000 - a rise of 3.6%.

Councillors discussed the budget for 2011/2012 which sees extra spending on national insurance costs, councillor training, services such as gas and electric, hygiene contracts and fire and alarms contracts.

Figures distributed at Tuesday night’s meeting reveal that this financial year to date Whitby Town Council has already overspent on adverts, audit, hygiene contracts and fire and alarms contracts.

The most noteable overspends this year so far are on elections and polls and hospitality.

£5,000 was set aside in 2010/2011 for elections/polls but so far £9, 019 has been spent with that figure expected to increase to £13, 209.25 by the end of this financial year.

Hospitality was expected to cost £500 in 2010/2011 but so far £1, 196.43 has been spent.

Coun Mike Murphy, the chairman of the finance and general purposes committee said the increases were only proposals at the minute and will be debated and decided at the town council’s full meeting in February.