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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Small rise likely in Maryport Town Council tax charge

Maryport residents look set to pay more council tax to the town council next year.

Residents living in Band A properties – 77 per cent of Maryport’s population – are likely to face an  increase of around 11p a month on the town’s share of the council tax after the precept went up from £134,650 for 2012/2013 to £141,220 for 2013/2014, a rise of £6,570.

People living in Band B properties are likely to see a rise of 13p a month and those living in Band C properties will face a 15p a month rise.

Maryport Town Council's finance and general purposes committee agreed to recommend this precept figure, in principle, to full council at a budget meeting last Thursday.

If approved, up to £45,000 will be spent on grants and donations to causes such as the Maryport Heritage Group, Maryport Inshore Rescue, the Citizens Advice Bureau and festivals including the Family Fakestival and Blues Festival.

Around £21,000 will go towards ground maintenance and £16,000 for property maintenance.

The precept figure is subject to what the Government announces about controls on council budgets, where provisions of the Localism Act 2011 now allow for potential restrictions on local councils, including Maryport Town Council.

The town precept will be added to the county council, Allerdale council and police precepts to make the total council tax bill for next year.

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