Budget 2018/19 Summary

Newport Town Council Budget for 2018/19

In January the Town Council set the budget for financial year 2018/19.

The budget prompts an increase of 1.76% per Newport household which for a band D property will be £116.89 for the year.  The £116.89 will form part of your Council Tax bill.   

It is important to understand that this is the Newport Town Council element of the overall council tax bill that residents will have received from Telford & Wrekin Council in early March.  That will comprise additional elements such as Telford & Wrekin Council’s tax bill along with those of the Police and Fire authorities.

The Town Council’s services include; the running of the cemetery, allotments, much of the footway lighting, grounds maintenance of St Nicholas Church, Close Circuit Television, Christmas lights and the provision of a Citizen’s Advice Bureau outreach worker.  High Street floral planting and watering of the hanging baskets is largely funded by Newport Town Council.  Significant levels of grant funding have also been made available to local organizations.  Maintaining the Guildhall is a significant cost to the Council as is the provision of the administrative resources that permit the Council to function. Newport Town Council will continue to provide funding to keep the Library open and pay for additional police.

Income is generated generally through burials, allotment and room hire (civil ceremonies mostly) fees and offsets a small amount of the overall expenditure.   Fees for Newport residents (e.g. allotments, funerals etc) have been increased broadly in line with inflation. It should be noted that residents of Newport receive significant concessions on many of the fees charged.

The Town Council holds a significant amount of funds in reserve.  Much of that is earmarked for large ticket items including, on-going maintenance and refurbishment of the Grade 2* listed Guildhall, CCTV and Christmas lighting future upgrade as well as additional allotment land development.

Many of the proposed increases are due to inflationary. However there are a number of proposed in year projects intended for the next year including:

  • Community Sports Grant Funding - £10,000.
  • The provision of Smartwater security identification packs for Newport residents - £20,000
  • World War 1 100th centenary commemoration event - £3,000.
  • Newport Nocturne Cycle Race - £15,000
  • Speed Indicator Devices - £6,000

If you are a Newport resident and have views on where your money looks to be spent then please contact one of your local town councillors.

Recent development and the increase in the number households in Newport has meant that the tax burden is now shared amongst more homes and this has been able to reduce the upward pressures on the levels of individual’s Council Tax bills.   Additionally, in year cost savings have been made on a number of items that has allowed Newport Town Council to use around £90,000 of its reserves to offset the tax required from Newport Residents.

 Cost Centre

Expenditure

16/17 Actual

17/18 Budget

17/18 predicted spend

18/19 Budget

102

Admin Members

6,119

8,010

8,010

8,710

103

Admin Services & Supplies

7,847

8,500

8,350

30,615

109

Admin Other

31,713

30,900

37,140

34,940

111

Guildhall Caretaking Cleaning

290

593

400

460

112

Guildhall Services

5,112

7,694

6,630

7,053

113

Guildhall Maintenance

2,758

17,430

2,130

17,330

114

Guildhall 3/3a

2,523

2,540

663

300

161

Grants

11,068

15,560

16,060

42,500

162

Grants S142 (CAB)

5,250

5,740

5,500

5,650

200

Loan repayments

18,308

18,308

11,607

4,906

130

LES Cemetery services

29,583

28,519

29,410

26,005

131

LES Burials

5,751

7,250

5,500

7,250

140

Devolved Svs/ St Scape

16,303

54,639

35,692

47,361

141

St Nicholas Churchyard

2,143

3,500

2,500

3,600

142

LES - MVR allotments

1,083

1,665

1,665

1,665

143

LES - BR allotments

495

424

365

380

144

LES-Council Events

27,310

39,485

30,645

40,735

149

Church Uplighter mtce

0

500

500

500

160

Hub Grant (youth café)

4,500

5,000

4,500

4,500

120

CS - Public lighting

36,834

48,100

140,600

28,500

121

Community Safety - CCTV

12,102

38,950

3,750

44,050

129

CS - Other

79

16,160

15,100

43,160

145

CS Toilets

17,103

22,050

18,050

20,445

101

Admin Employees

135,207

141,433

146,940

150,050

Expenditure Sub Total

379,481

522,950

531,707

570,665

Income other than precept

 

100

Admin income

3,271

1,200

24,600

24,900

110

Guildhall Income

7,479

4,200

4,325

4,300

130

LES - Cemetery Services

34,411

38,500

34,400

35,000

142

LES - MVR allotments

1,995

1,842

1,842

1,878

143

LES - BR allotments

420

410

423

418

144

LES - Council Events

0

0

60

0

Income Sub total

47,576

46,152

65,650

66,496

Net Expenditure Total 

331,905

476,798

466,057

504,169

General Reserve

220,423

129,273

less expenditure from reserves in current year

47,350

-

 

Precept

422,257

444,896

 

Sub Total

595,330

574,169

Less net expenditure

466,057

504,169

 Balance in hand

129,273

70,000