SEAFORD TOWN COUNCIL FREEZES COUNCIL TAX WITH 0% RISE AND SECURES VAT VICTORY
January 22 2015.
Seaford Town Council recently agreed to a zero percent rise in its Council Tax for local residents. This means that the Band D payment made by residents to the Town Council will remain at £56.64 per annum, one of the lowest in the area for a large Town Council.
Town Councillors, who are all volunteers and do not get paid for the many hours of public service they give, recently considered a draft budget presented to them. Councillors were advised at the Meeting that Officers had been successful in achieving agreement from the Inland Revenue to allow the Council to reclaim the full £340,000 VAT expended on the building of the new golf club. This followed a VAT inspection from which an administrative error by a former employee was highlighted. Councillors were advised that this has resulted in ongoing investigation costs to the Council, including many manpower hours to provide information to the Inland Revenue. Had the Inland Revenue not accepted the Council’s retrospective submissions, the Council would have been required to pay the full VAT of £340,000 incurred in construction costs and not reclaim it. The Councillors congratulated the existing officers on rectifying this mistake and were able to reduce the need for contingencies within the budget.
A Council spokesman said: "Whilst the Town Council faces a number of financial uncertainties at present, we are addressing these one by one and so far always to the benefit to the Council and Seaford residents."
The Town Council is still planning on progressing with the installation of a new iconic children's play area at The Salts this year utilising funds in the budget and funds secured from various past housing developments in the Town.