£10k budgeted for estuary patrol boat and £44k for community groups – but Exmouth residents will pay town council less in rates

Residents will pay Exmouth Town Council slightly less for its services in 2020/21 – with cash set aside for an Exe Estuary patrol boat and community groups.

The authority’s precept – its slice of householders’ council tax bills – for the next financial year has been set at £771,394.

It means the average Band D property in Exmouth will pay the council around £60 for its services, a slight decrease on the previous 12 months.

Exmouth Festival will also get a boost from the budget and £44,000 has been earmarked for not-for-profit local organisations.

A sum of £10,000 has been included to contribute to Exeter City Council’s new patrol boat for the Exe Estuary.

Increased funding has also been set aside for the safe delivery of Exmouth Festival.

The town council is responsible for the delivery of the Tourist Information Service, the Jubilee Clock Tower and Gorfin Hall.

The budget also covers services such as grounds maintenance, grass-cutting and looking after ‘public realm’ assets as well as officers’ salaries, building and administration costs and a contribution towards the running costs of the 99E bus service.

And the council says it has kept its annual levy stable for the past three years – ‘despite increased pressures as a result of higher-tier authorities struggling to maintain services’.

Exmouth Town Council will continue to offer grants to community groups totalling £44,000 in 2020/21.

It says these ‘enable local not-for-profit organisations to provide vital services to the community and facilitate networking and the sharing of knowledge and resources’.

Despite the slight reduction in the council’s budget, the chairman Steve Gazzard, said it “demonstrates an increased commitment to the residents of Exmouth’.

Councillor Gazzard added: “The council is driving forward a number of projects and improvements in the town.”

The budget was agreed on Monday, January 20.

Residents’ overall council tax bills are made up of contributions to the town, district and county councils as well as the fire service and police.

For more information on Exmouth Town Council’s budget, contact town clerk Lisa Bowman on 01395 276167 or email townclerk@exmouth.gov.uk.

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