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Gillingham Town CouncilCouncillors have backed plans for a 4.16 percent increase in the Gillingham town precept, the local tax that forms a small part of residents’ council tax bill.

The vote in principle for the rise, which came at a special budget meeting of the full council earlier this month, would see overall spending by the town council top £1million.

The budget proposal, which cannot be approved finally by the town council until it is known what Dorset Council sets as the council tax, involves an increase in expenditure from £980,876 to £1,012,986 for the financial year 2022/2023.

Until Dorset Council sets its own budget it is impossible to say exactly how much extra Gillingham Town Council’s proposed budget will cost local residents.

However, last year’s 4.86 percent increase in the town precept meant an extra £12 a year for residents living in a band D property.

Gillingham mayor Paul Harris said that the budget and precept would be finalised at the full council meeting scheduled for 24 January.

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