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Cromer residents set for tax increase after council agrees to 31pc hike

PUBLISHED: 15:37 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:37 22 January 2014

North Lodge Park, Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

North Lodge Park, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Cromer town leaders have agreed to increase their share of next year’s council tax by 31pc.

The hike was nodded through on Monday when town councillors rubber stamped their 2014/15 budget, which will go up by £49,215 to £208,945.

Members said the main cause for the rise was sparked by their decision not to accept a £25,000 grant from the district council, while staff costs and their bid to take on North Lodge Park had also piled on the pounds.

Deputy mayor Dorothy Airs said although the increase sounded “awful” it would only equate to £10.83 per household per year.

She added: “We have increased staffing hours because of the quantity of work the two (office) staff were having to get through.

“We have also started negotiations about North Lodge Park. If we do take it over we have got to start paying for maintenance, and so we have made provision for that - just over £14,000 - in the budget.”

Explaining the reason for turning down the district council grant Mrs Airs said there was no guarantee it would be offered again, which would leave the town in deficit.

“We have been advised they will not be making them in future. If we took it this year and then we’re capped on what we can do with the precept, we will have a big black hole in our figures. It’s better to bite the bullet this year.”

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