COUNCIL tax for the Uttoxeter Town ward remains at the highest rate in East Staffordshire with the extra costs attributed to 'recreational facilities'.
The rate currently charged by the town council and special expenses means that the rate for Uttoxeter council tax payers stands at £74.65 more than the borough council tax average.
The town mayor has said that extra charges will go towards recreational facilities including Bramshall Road Park.
When questioned on the figures, town mayor Hugh Montgomery commented: “The extra charge has been going on for some time – the town council has been querying why we get charged extra for facilities like Bramshall Park and other recreational areas.”
Last year, the town council precept was the highest in East Staffordshire in order to pay for the town hall refurbishment, which in turn had an effect on raising the council tax rate for the Uttoxeter Town ward.
However this year, the tax rate has not decreased on last year’s £1,559.71 for a Band D tax rate and currently stands at £1,560.52.
A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “Uttoxeter Town Council has its own statutory powers to raise Council Tax charges to residents.
“The Special expense charge, which stands at £23.83 for Uttoxeter, relates to grounds maintenance costs incurred by the Borough Council for work that would normally be funded by the town council.”
Projected expenditures in the 2013/14 Uttoxeter town council precept include a net expenditure of £28,600 on planning and economic development compared to £8,690 in 2012/13, £108,147 on recreation and tourism and £157,047 on corporate management.
The overall council tax charge is divided between the borough council, Staffordshire County Council, police and fire services, special expenses and the Uttoxeter Town Council.
The town council will take £95.20 in council tax for a Band D property this year, compared to the borough average of £31.32 for town council tax.
Further information on council tax rates across East Staffordshire can be found online at www.eaststaffsbc.org.uk