The primary source of income for most Town Councils comes from the Precept, which is a local tax collected by the Unitary Authority (Dorset Council) of behalf of the Town Council.

This money is required to run the Town Council and maintain and improve the facilities and services that it provides.

The precept is normally the cost difference between the budgeted (expected) expenditure and the budgeted (expected) income for the financial year.

It is prudent for local councils to hold funds in reserve for future planned projects and/or unexpected costs that may arise.

The Town Council forecasts the amount of funding it will require for the following financial year and then requests this funding from Dorset Council in the form of a precept tax, which is included in your Council Tax.

The Precept is calculated using the cost of a Band D property.

When a Council Tax bill is received the portion paid to the Town Council is stated as well as the amounts paid to Dorset Council, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.

In 2022/23 the Town Council cost to a Band D property will be £52.43 for the year.
In 2023/24 the Town Council cost to a Band D property will be £56.73 for the year.

To calculate the cost for the other Band of property multiply Band D cost by the appropriate factor shown below.

Band A 6/9

Band B 7/9

Band C 8/9

Band D 1

Band E 11/9

Band F 13/9

Band G 15/9

Band H 2

Example calculation for a Band G property:

£56.73 x 15/9 = £94.55

2022 - 2023
Budget Information for 2022-23
Where the Council gets its income from and how it spends the budget
Council Spending over £500 from 1st April 2022 
Annual Governance Statement 2022-23 
Accounting Statement 2022-23
 Declaration from the Responsible Finance Officer 2022-23
Notice regarding the period of the Exercise of Public Rights to Inspect 2022-23 
Report of Internal Auditor 2022-23
External Auditor Report and Certificate 2022-23
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2022-23