SPENDING at Helsby Parish Council is expected to top more than £100,000 next year after their budget was announced.
A precept of £90,000, the same as the previous year’s, was set meaning an average Band D homeowner – of which there are 1,951 – will pay £46.13.
A controversial 47% rise last year meant an average increase of about £15 per homeowner. However, this year’s precept means Helsby residents will save 48p, the equivalent of a pint of milk.
Precepts are set by parish councils to help meet their spending requirements and are included in council tax along with police, fire, borough council and county council shares.
Finance officer and parish clerk Jeanette Hughes said: “The bulk of the precept amount will be used to pay salaries. Expenditure for 2009/2010 has remained constant and it is anticipated to be £104,194, a 0.5% increase on the previous year.
“Large expenditure items include £9,000 designated for the purchase of new lights and the installation of new and existing lights for Christmas, £13,650 for the maintenance, renewals and utilities costs for the Helsby Community Centre.
“And £8,000 has been budgeted in anticipation of the half- yearly payments that the council would be committed to pay for borrowing £100,000 from the Public Works Loan Board to grant to the Helsby Community Sports Club for their rebuilding programme.