Ar a meeting of Wrecsam CBC's Full Council last night the budget was passed relatively simply with our council tax increase at the lower end of the scale of 2.94% compared to a Wales average of 3.6%. The Wrecsam Council tax is well below the retail price index of 3.7%. The average Band D Council Tax will now be £862.92, the Police precept will be £201.33 and the average Community Council precept will be £35.04, making the average Band D Council Tax of £1100.55. There is a vast variation in Community Council precepts of £6.81 in Hanmer to £82.85 per year in Coedpoeth.
Wrecsam's total budget is £208 million up from £200 million in the last financial year, this is made up of £125 million Revenue Support Grant from WAG, £37 million Non Domestic rates and £44.6 million Council Tax.
The budget was passed by 34 votes to 10, with 1 abstention, with Labour voting against the budget despite there being no cuts to schools or essential front line services. To be honest the leader of the Labour Group was floundering in his attempt to justify voting against the budget.