All council tax paid by households (not businesses) include the normal principle authority & police costs etc to cover their annual budgets. In cases where a town council exists, all households within the town council boundaries will have an additional cost per household in respect of the town council's annual running costs and planned expenditures although this is still collected by the principle authority on their behalf.
In the case of Brackley Town Council, West Northamptonshire Council (as the principle authority) is responsible for collecting the main community charge and the charge on households within Brackley will also include an amount in respect of Brackley Town Council. The town council's charge is a small proportion of the total community charge and the annual amounts for Brackley residents per band D property are shown in the Annual Precept Levels section at the side. The town council's element is then paid to Brackley Town Council by West Northamptonshire Council in 2 instalments in April and September annually.
Each year, the town council calculates the amount of money needed to provide its services and planned projects and then calculates and deducts the income which it expects to receive from other sources such as bank interest, external grants and hire charges in respect of our venues, etc. The remaining balance provides a calculated expenditure shortfall showing the estimated revenue required in order to provide services and any capital projects and reserves which are planned for Brackley for the year ahead.
This shortfall is called the PRECEPT and is wholly funded by local residents living within Brackley and is the amount levied on West Northamptonshire Council which is then collected by them as a proportion of the total community charge paid by Brackley households. Brackley Town Council's main income is therefore provided by the residents of Brackley alone.
Brackley Town Council works hard to ensure that we continue to provide our core facilities and services to residents but remain mindful of the financial effect.
Our approved budget for 2023-2024 is below.
The 2023-2024 precept raised £1,009,630 and the individual Band D household precept set £169.70
The 2022-2023 precept raised £896,765 and the individual Band D household precept set £153.93
The 2021-22 precept raised £865,450 and the individual Band D household precept set £149.45
The 2020-2021 precept raised £839,867 and the individual Band D household precept set £146.52
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