The budget includes an increase in Council Tax of 3.32% - a rise of £5 a year for the average Band D property. There is no increase in the amount paid to the Somerset Rivers Authority, which remains at £1.76 a year and is included in the overall amount charged. This means the average council tax payer in West Somerset will get all their district council services for £3.03 a week.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew, said: “It is a major achievement that we have been able to set a balanced budget in the face of serious financial challenges. This is sure to become increasingly difficult in the years ahead as future projections for business rates funding and new homes bonus becoming increasingly uncertain.”
West Somerset Council’s share of Council Tax is about 10% of the total bill with the remainder going to fund Somerset County Council, Police and Fire Service. Town and Parish councils also take a share.