WARWICK Town Council’s share of the council tax is set to rise by 8.5 per cent.
The council announced the average householder will have to pay an extra £3.81 per year for 2024/25.
WTC leader Coun Dave Skinner said: “Unfortunately, the impact of inflation on council costs has been significantly higher than expected. The national salary award has also added to staff costs, plus insurance and building maintenance costs are increasing much faster than general inflation.
‘While we very much regret the above inflation increase, we need to focus on maintaining and improving local services. One of our priorities, which is restoring the position of town centre and events manager, will benefit both residents and the local economy. We also need to make sure we have enough reserves to avoid the problems some other councils are facing.
“To give some idea of scale, this increase will mean people are still paying less than £1 per week for town council services. I know that any increase puts more financial pressure on people, so this is not a decision we’ve taken lightly. However, we do think a small increase now is going to be good value for the local community, both in the short and longer term.”
Warwick Town Council is responsible for the promotion of Warwick, the management of local public properties and the provision of certain local services.