NESTON Town Council decided to seek an unchanged precept for 2013/14 at its budget meeting.
Councillors agreed to make a request for £177,525 from Cheshire West and Chester Council, which is providing the town council with a council tax reduction scheme grant of £20,239.
This will result in an unchanged amount being received of £197,764, the same as 2012/13.
The grant takes account of changes to council tax benefit arrangements which would otherwise have affected the town council’s finances.
It will result in a very small reduced charge this year for Neston households.
Mayor Cllr Pat Hughes said:“The council will use the precept to continue its policies of working to improve the town environment, promote services and activities in the town and also provide grants to fund a range of organisations.
“We will also continue, wherever possible, to source external funds and partner community organisations to aid us in our activities.
“The coming year should see an expansion of our activities. One of our aims is to take over management of the town hall, market and Market Square on a three-year trial with a view to increasing their use and thereby footfall in the town centre.
“If this is successful the town council will take over full ownership in 2016.”