Market Deeping Town Council decides to collect more tax

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A COUNCIL has decided to increase its precept.

Market Deeping Town Council voted on Wednesday to increase it for next year from £171,965 to £173,444.

The precept is the council’s share of the council tax collected by South Kesteven District Council.

Mayor of Market Deeping Coun Bob Broughton said the rise was needed because the town council had agreed to pay £4,000 to help keep the Deeping St James Youth Centre open.

The council has also taken on an extra park keeper and needs £7,500 to pay their wages next year.

The town crier competition for next year has been cancelled, saving £700.

Coun Broughton said: “The precept actually went down in real terms, because we never had those things to fund before.”

The vote on the 0.8 per cent rise was even at six each at Wednesday’s meeting, with Coun Broughton having to cast the deciding vote.

Councillors put forward a number of suggestions to save money in other ways, including reducing the amount of grant funding for organisations in the town, reducing the money put into reserve and trying to save money on the Christmas festival.