The annual salaries budget for Penarth Town Council has been set for 2019/20 at an all-time-high of £675,962.35p.
The salaries paid to council staff and officers – and now to councillors themselves – was budgeted for the current financial year at £620,049.00p , so the planned increase for next year represents an inflation-busting percentage increase of 6.11%.
All the money for Penarth Town Council’s expenditure comes from the Penarth Precept – which is added to the Vale of Glamorgan Council Tax Bill sent out to local householders. The Vale hands on all the money collected for the Penarth Precept to Penarth Town Council.
The Penarth Town Council’s so-called “Five Year Rolling Programme” rises from £35,500 in this financial year to £52,804.75 in the 2019/20 financial year – an increase of almost 49%.
The town’s two major public events both cost more than had been budgeted for:-
- The 2017 Christmas Festival is – so far – over budget by at least 2.50%
- The 2018 Summer Festival is over budget by at least 3.4% (not all the invoices may yet have been accounted for).
The council’s expenditure on what it calls “General Administration“ for the current financial year had been budgeted at £13,200 – but in fact the council has already spent £28,986 so far in this financial year – an overspend to date of 119.5% .
Meanwhile other expenditure has been slashed:-
- Cemetery expenditure is being cut from the current budget of £10,950 to just £650 for 2019/20
- The Tourism and Publicity budget has been cut by 50% from £4,000 to £2,000
Penarth Town Council is planning to increase its expenditure from £779,299 in this financial year to £843,221 in 2019/20 – an increase of 8.2%.
Earlier this month PDN reported that the Penarth Precept – the amount charged to council tax payers by Penarth Town Council – is to rise by 7.88% in April.