Town and Community Councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of a detailed budget which is scrutinised by Higher Kinnerton Community Council (HKCC) and approved at the January council meeting in order to determine the precept for the following financial year.
HKCC works on a 5-year planning cycle to forecast expenditure over a longer time period which assists with budget planning. 2019/20 forms the final financial year of the current cycle. The precept agreed by HKCC for 2019/20 is £37.17 per household of a band D property which is an overall total of £31,693 compared with a precept of £28,000 in 2018/2019 which equated to £33.21 per household of a band D property. The rise reflects the increase costs associated with ensuring an effective level of service delivery, the increased costs in running the Community Council, to secure implementation of projects and initiatives associated with the village plan and the decision not to subsidise the precept with monies from HKCC reserves which had been earmarked for delivery of projects such as the outdoor gym in 2018-2019.
Higher Kinnerton Community Council are a responsible council and strives to ensure the continuation of essential services from Flintshire County Council whilst seeking to meet the aspirations of residents. To meet such aspirations, HKCC draws down on monies as necessary from the precept and from alternative sources of funding where it can be secured.
The Community Council divides its budget into three categories;
Commerce – this section covers the running costs of a Community Council. Principle costs are the costs of our Clerk, councillors’ allowances and other statutory costs associated with running the Community Council effectively.
Community– this area forms the largest part of HKCC’s budget and has risen consistently over recent years. This expenditure covers various community activities such as village events, play scheme provision, ground rent and maintenance. Grants are also provided to our village principle organisations to assist them with continuing to provide valuable services to the community.
Communication – HKCC prides itself on the way in which we communicate with all residents. Effective communication is achieved via HKCC’s award winning website, HKCC Facebook pages and the ever popular monthly newsletter.
HKCC also builds into its budget a contingency section so it can respond quickly to any unforeseen expenditure.