Downham Market facing 2.5 per cent council tax rise

Downham Mkt Town Mayor's at Home, LtoR, Audrey Doyle, Mayor John Doyle, Borough   Mayor and Mayoress Barry and Christine Ayres, Robin and Jill Pegg ANL-140812-095259009
Downham Mkt Town Mayor's at Home, LtoR, Audrey Doyle, Mayor John Doyle, Borough Mayor and Mayoress Barry and Christine Ayres, Robin and Jill Pegg ANL-140812-095259009
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Council tax payers in Downham could be facing a 2.5 per cent increase in their bills next year if members agree.

Downham Town Council will be deciding on the increase in January but it is hoping to improve the Jubliee Centre and war memorial along with maintaining the clock.

The council’s finance committee is proposing a total budget of £307,891.76, comprised of £287,207.76 precept and a £20,684 Government grant. Last year’s total budget was £300,726, with £276,092.82 precept and £24,634 grant.

Members are hoping to continue work on the town’s war memorial by setting aside £4,000 to improve the garden.

The council also wants to revamp the Jubilee Centre to increase its use and will be saving up for that.

Members are also topping up reserves to pay for works to the town hall, car parking survey and speed activated signs in the town.

A decision will be made on the precept during the full council meeting on Tuesday, January 13.

Town mayor John Doyle welcomed dignatiries from across the area to the town hall on Friday for the Mayor’s at Home.

A representative of IX (B) Squadron was presented with a scroll of the Freedom of the Town. Guests were told the Santa Run raised £700 for the Dyspraxia Foundation.