Stroud Town Council has increased its share of the council tax by just 14p per week for the average Band D payer.
In 2017-2018, an average Band D council tax payer will pay £131.96, an increase of £7.04 per year.
Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said the increase will help the Town Council with its increased community responsibilities.
This year the Town Council will take over the ownership of three of Stroud’s most important landmarks.
Bank Gardens, Sims Clock and Stroud Cemetery will be transferred from Stroud District Council to the Town Council.
“They are all important amenities to our town and we, as town councillors, are committed to caring for them as custodians for future generations,” said Councillor Cranston.
Last year Stroud was the first town in the district to have its Neighbourhood Development Plan legally adopted.
Following the public consultation for the Plan, The Town Council has identified several projects which it will move forward with.
The Town Council is restructuring its Green Spaces team to allow the team to focus more on community engagement and environmental issues and increasing the capacity by creating new roles in the office team.
“This year will be a challenging year for the Town Council but we are committed to serving the community. In a time of widespread funding cuts we are stepping up to take on responsibility for more community assets and to improve our community engagement,” said Councillor Cranston.
“Following a review of our services we have identified ways in which we can achieve better value for money and a better level of service to the community.”
The Town Council’s budget for 2017-18 is £755,560. It is responsible for more than 20 green spaces and play areas in the town and manages the town cemetery. It manages five allotment sites, the town clock and floral displays.
The Town Council owns Lansdown Hall which it continues to refurbish and turn into a key community centre.
It also provides grants and financial support to community organisations and very popular festivals in the town.