Filton precept increase slashed to just £3.01 and minute’s silence for councillor

February 14 2021
Filton precept increase slashed to just £3.01 and minute’s silence for councillor

One year on from Filton Town Council's dramatic 35% increase in the parish precept (the element of council tax which pays for town council activity), councillors have voted for a 0.5% overall increase.

Due to national methods of calculation and adjustment, this equates to an 0.95% increase for Band D properties who will now pay £318.20 per year, up £3.01 from last year.
Councillors voted by 6-2 for the increase. 
A counter proposal by Cllr Chris Wood for a 0.45% DECREASE was rejected by councillors,
Cllrs Ian Scott, Mubashar Chaudhry, Darryl Collins, Adam Monk, Brian Mead and Anne Kenyon voted for the 0.5% overall increase. Cllrs Chris Wood and Andy Robinson backed the 0.45% decrease.
Cllr Wood said that since both proposals would help the council reach its target of at least £240,000 in reserves, he backed the decrease. Cllr Robinson said councillors should be aware of the hardships people are facing.
Cllr Mead said: "Two years of freezing the precept was when we got in trouble. [If we freeze it], next year we could be looking at big increase."
Last year Filton has one of the largest council tax precepts in the country after residents were landed with a massive 35 per cent hike, a rise of more than £80 per year to £315.
The biggest element of Filton's precept went towards propping up the leisure centre and pool.
The financial picture for this year has been less certain due to closures related to Covid.
Councillors are undertaking a process which could see the leisure centre outsourced to a private contractor.
Filton town councillors held a minute's silence after the death of Cllr John Tucker.
John, 73, leaves his wife of 54 years, Christine, their two sons and five granddaughters. He suffered a stroke and was taken to Southmead Hospital where he later died.
John had a career at Airbus, working across the firm in several areas: guided missiles, satellites, wind tunnels, and his favourite, dynamics.  
He was skilled with his hands and in his free time liked to repair watches and jewellery.
John retired at 60 and later joined Filton Town Council.
Christine said:  “John just wanted to try to improve things and enjoyed the challenge of trying to get things done. He was a big man who wasn’t afraid to say what was true.”