Stroud Town Council has decided to reduce its planned budget amid concerns about the hardship caused by the pandemic.
At a full council meeting, councillors agreed to limit the increase in its share of the Council Tax bill to 1.65%. That means, an average Band D council taxpayer will pay £173.50 a year, an increase of £2.81 per year or an extra 5p a week.
The council is drawing on its reserves and applying for grants for some of its key projects for the year ahead.
Its commitment to supporting community organisations and services is more important that ever, said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
It runs a Community Resilience Fund, as part of its response to Covid-19, as well as small grants, Community Support Fund, Arts and Culture Fund and the Carbon Reduction Fund. It also has service agreements with the following organisation providing £27,000 in annual funding: Allsorts, Down to Earth, Homestart, Uplands Care Services, Citizen's Advice, the Marah Trust and the Lansdown Hall and Gallery.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said: "I am pleased that we have been able to hold the increase to just below the Chancellors forecast rate of inflation."
Key projects for the year include the Covid Recovery Fund, town centre regeneration and projects to help the Council meet its target of being carbon neutral by 2030.
"Most of our income comes from council tax, but we will continue to seek external funding for projects and making use of our reserve funds to help keep costs down," said Councillor Cranston.
The Town Council is responsible for 20 green spaces and play areas in the town and manages five allotment sites, the town clock and floral displays.
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:29 by Admin team