Residents receive big tax bonus

HARD-HIT Filey residents have received a cash lifeline after a freeze in council tax.

Filey Town Council announced the move this week after setting its precept for the coming year at £120,000.

The news means the average Band A taxpayer will pay £27.90 a year to Filey Town Council - a drop of 6p - and Band D residents owe £41.94 - a reduction of 9p from last year.

The timely boost comes 12 months after the town council increased its precept by seven per cent, which was more than the then current level of inflation.

In 2009, council tax increased by a massive 22 per cent.

However, Cllr David Murton, the council’s finance committee chairman, said he was delighted to now be able to implement such a prudent approach.

He said: “At the present time pressures on public spending and the need to achieve efficiency savings have made it imperative for the town council and its staff to work more efficiently and effectively by making best use of its staff resources to ensure that it provides value for money for its community.

“A thorough review of all the functions and services for which the role of administration plays to support the town council has been undertaken during the last six months.

The finance and general purposes committee together with its responsible financial officer Gina Robinson have reviewed all budget headings to make efficiency savings wherever possible to address the shortfall in bank interest rates.

“The recent measures taken have now placed it in a strong position to manage the current financial pressures in order that it does not have to increase its precept to local council taxpayers for the next financial year to be able to maintain the same high standards and levels of service to its community as a quality council.”

The moves are also set to galvanise the futures of a host of local groups, who stand to benefit from grants in the financial shake-up.

Filey Sea Cadets will get £1,000 towards the cost of a new roof at its Southdene base, with organisers of Filey Folk Festival receiving £450 towards funding the three-day event.

The Filey Bay Initiative has been awarded £400 towards leaflets on the heritage and culture of Filey Bay and a plaque on the Mercury Sculpture on the seafront and it has also been agreed that the Filey in Bloom group will get £400 for the improvement of planting and special feature beds.

Cllr Murton added: “The town council is also pleased that during difficult financial times it has still been able to support local groups and organisations by awarding grants to support the local community through its annual financial assistance scheme and 13 groups and organisations will benefit from this scheme during the next year.

“As this four year term of office nears to an end, I would like to thank the present members of the finance and general purposes committee and Mrs Robinson for all their hard work over the past year to ensure that the new council who will be elected in May will commence from a strong financial position.”

Other organisations set for a cash windfall include Filey Lions who will get £500 for its annual bonfire night, Filey Methodist Church, which will receive £400 for its Festival of Music, and Southdene Bowling Club will get £100 for a new alarm system.

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Grants have also been sanctioned for Filey Brigg Angling Society, Filey Amateur Showgroup, Filey Town Festival, Filey Youth Foundation and the Friends of Filey Parks.

The precept means the following will be payable for the separate bands:

lCouncil Tax Property Band A will pay £27.90

lCouncil Tax Property Band B will pay £32.55

lCouncil Tax Property Band C will pay £37.20

lCouncil Tax Property Band D will pay £41.85

lCouncil Tax Property Band E will pay £51.15

lCouncil Tax Property Band F will pay £60.45

lCouncil Tax Property Band G will pay £69.75

lCouncil Tax Property Band H will pay £83.70