Uppingham Town Council announces its budget and council tax rate for 2020-2021
A town council has set a budget for next year which will see taxpayers pay £2.08 less than in 2019-20.
The addition of new homes in Uppingham means the town council's budget will be shared between more people, resulting in a decrease of four pence per week for a band D property.
Town mayor Dave Casewell said: “The council's finance and general purpose committee have done a great deal of detailed work on the 2020-2021 town's budget, carefully considering all the options.
"Thanks to the town's Neighbourhood Plan, the town is slowly growing at a planned pace and the increase in dwellings actually means that the burden of costs to run the town council's operations are now shared by more council taxpayers, so there is in fact a small reduction in price per household.
"I hope that the services we provide will continue to enhance the life of all who live in the town."
Uppingham Town Council's focus for the next financial year will be improvements to Tod's Piece.
The council is also looking at projects involving the library and the public toilets in Market Place.
Councillors are also working with Uppingham School to install a handrail on steps in Leaming Terrace which forms part of the Uppingham Heritage Trail.
Last year's budget included the cost of improvement work at the town hall. The cellar will be refurbished and new carpet installed in the foyer this year.
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