WHAT IS A PARISH PRECEPT? The parish precept is the annual part of the overall Council Tax that is claimed from the district council by a parish council.
HOW DOES SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL DECIDE THE AMOUNT TO CLAIM FOR ITS ANNUAL PRECEPT? Sedlescombe Parish Council has adopted the following process:
- An inspection of all areas of responsibility is carried out each August/September by the Clerk/Financial Officer (RFO), the Chairman of the Finance Committee and any new councillors that are able to attend. A report on the inspection which outlines the work that the group recommends to be undertaken is submitted for approval/amendment to the September Council Meeting.
- Following approval of the Inspection Report, further consideration is delegated to the Finance Committee which meets in October and December. Quotes are sought for the work identified in the Inspection Report and the Finance Committee decides which to accept. It uses the costings to produce a budget for approval in January by the Parish Council.
- Approval of the budget allows the Finance Committee to calculate how much the Council will need to claim from the Council Tax in order to meet the costs identified in the budget.
CAN I SEE A COPY OF RECENT BUDGET?
HOW MUCH HAS THE SEDLESCOMBE PRECEPT BEEN IN RECENT YEARS?
The precept is received from Rother District Council, the precepting authority, in two parts, in April and in September.
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY TOWARDS PARISH COUNCIL EXPENSES? Each property in a parish is banded A-H depending on the amount of money that could be obtained from renting it on the open market. Depending on the band allocated to a property, the proportion of the tax base for the parish that is due from that property is calculated as follows:
Properties in Band D are liable for parish Council Tax calculated by taking the Council Tax Base figure - calculated by Rother District Council - and dividing this number into the precept claimed by the Parish Council. Properties in Council Tax bands other than D are liable to pay tax in the proportions detailed in the table above.