Residents in Pagham will pay more tax

RESIDENTS in Pagham will be paying more to their parish council in 2014.

Councillors decided at their January meeting to increase the amount they want from householders in council tax.

The sum will rise by £1.01 a property from April to £34.54 to give the council a total precept – or share of the overall council tax bill –which is three per cent more at £81,821.

The extra cost will help to make up for the impending withdrawal of £7,398 in 2015 from Arun District Council which has previously passed on money received from central government.

Cllr Val Tomlinson, the chairman of the parish council’s finance and general purposes committee, told councillors: “Hopefully, people will understand why we’ve done this.

“We decided it would be better to increase the precept gradually rather than put it up in one go. People would not accept that.”

Cllr Sarah Lancaster said: “We would not be doing this unless our hands were tied.”

Council clerk Chris Braby said: “We need to compensate for the loss of that money.”

Pagham’s precept has been frozen for the past four years.