Mirfield Town Council slashes the cost of its services

Mirfield Town Centre, shopping. (230823)
Mirfield Town Centre, shopping. (230823)
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Mirfield Town Council is cutting the amount it charges for services in the coming year.

But community groups are being assured they will not miss out in terms of funding.

Householders will pay around 50p less as from April.

After a long discussion at it’s meeting on Tuesday, the council decided to slash its precept by 6.4per cent. “This shows we are mindful of the economic climate and that times are tight,” said Coun Martyn Bolt. “There is no doubt the town council is good value for money.

“In the end it was felt this was the right thing to do,” said Coun Bolt. “We realise everyone is having to tighten their belts.”

He said the council will still be able to consider support for local events such as the Morris dancing festival, Armed Forces Day, Mirfield Show and the Remembrance Parade. “None of these things are at risk,” he said. “We know we have some small grant requests coming through and these can be absorbed. We are not taking money from people on the off-chance we might need it.

“We have a small amount in reserve which we could use if something came up and also we work with the Area Committee which has money to spend in Mirfield should it be needed.

“We have our finger on the pulse. Organisations in the town won’t miss out because of this. At around £52,000 a year, we have one of the lowest precepts in the area.”

Coun James Taylor said the decision shows the Town Council knows what residents are going through. “Other components of the council tax are going up and we are one of the few actually reducing costs,” he said. “No-one will see any difference in what we do for the town. It’s a win-win.”

The precept is set against each house in the town and collected by Kirklees for the Town Council to provide some local services. This works out at around £5.50 per household per year.

About a third is used on administration; a similar amount on regular projects such as hanging baskets, gardens and Christmas lights; and 40per cent is used for community support.