Shropshire Star

Council tax rise as drop in people using Ellesmere Town Hall affects council's income

People living in Ellesmere will pay an average of 16p a week extra on the town portion of their council tax.

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Ellesmere Town Hall

At its January meeting, Ellesmere Town Council set its budget for the next financial year, revealing that it has seen a drop in those hiring the town hall, one of the council's main income streams.

Councillors agreed to a five per cent increase in the council tax precept - equivalent to an increase of 16 pence per week for a band D property.

It says this is in line with the many local councils in the country who are also working hard to support their communities during the cost of living crisis.

Town mayor, Councillor Anne Wignall, said: "The town council looked carefully at all its expenditure, and has made savings where it can. However, we are faced with increasing demands to support new services such as youth activities in Ellesmere.

"Since the pandemic we have had a significant reduction in income from room hire at the Town Hall. Whilst the council's financial position remains healthy, this year's increase from the April 1 is necessary to ensure that the council remains financially sustainable going forward. We are committed to maintaining the services that we provide for the community."