At its meeting on Monday 10 January, Ilkley Town Council resolved that there would be no increase in its precept for 2022/23.
This means a Band D household will continue to pay £47.11 per year, all of which goes directly to the Town Council.
The Council recognised the financial pressures faced by households and approved a balanced budget making prudent use of its income and reserves, without additional cost to ratepayers.
Ilkley Town Mayor Councillor Mark Stidworthy said: “The 2022/23 budget acknowledges the economic challenges ahead. The Town Council will continue to use resources carefully to enhance community life and our local cultural heritage, and to address the environmental priorities identified by Ilkley voters in the 2019 local elections. I encourage residents to share your thoughts with us about how we propose to spend your money.”
The Town Council will continue to support community life in Ilkley whilst ensuring adequate funds are available for ongoing projects such as the toilet renovation. New public space refurbishment projects and events to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are planned.
The Council’s reserves have been reviewed and budgets allocated to maintain and enhance our assets (for example by installing solar panels) and to prepare for future priorities including road safety and the Wharfedale Greenway.
Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Ros Brown said: “Over the past three years Ilkley Town Council has received 15% of the Community Infrastructure Levy generated by new housing built in the town. This has enabled us to create reserves for future traffic calming and to promote safe active travel for residents of all ages, releasing parking spaces for those who need them. We continue to support environmental initiatives to meet the challenges of the climate and ecological emergencies and to grant awards to resident-led environmental projects.”