Stroud Town Council has increased its share of the council tax by 24p per week for the average Band D payer.
In 2018-19, an average Band D council tax payer will pay £144.58 an increase of £12.61 per year.
Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said the increase will help the Town Council with its increased community responsibilities.
The Town Council’s budget for 2018-19 is £1,227,574. Councillors decided to take out a 15-year public works loan to carry out essential repairs to walls at Bisley Old Road allotments, Spider Lane allotments and Daisy Bank.
The Town Council has been involved in proposals to keep the Subscription Rooms open as a public arts venue. It has earmarked £50,000 towards the project which will come from the Council’s reserves.
It is also leading a public consultation which will form the Town’s cultural strategy. The Town Council has allocated £64,000 for arts and culture funding for the year ahead.
The Town Council owns Lansdown Hall and plans a further phase of refurbishments and repairs.
It is responsible for 20 green spaces and play areas in the town and manages five allotment sites, the town clock and floral displays.
The Town Council also provides grants and long-term financial support to community organisations including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Marah Trust, Allsorts and youth activities and play schemes.
“Although the rise in precept of 9.56 per cent may sound like a lot, in cash terms it works out to be a weekly increase of just 24p,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“That increase will enable the Town Council to continue to provide the services that the people of Stroud tell us they value. In these times of government-imposed austerity we are trying to use our limited funds to help lever more money into the town through grants and service level agreements.
“We are also helping voluntary groups to work effectively and providing advice and guidance so they can raise vital funds.”