The Precept is the amount of money the Town Council asks the District Council to collect from Council Tax payers to pay for the operation of the Town Council for the forthcoming year. For 2009/2010 the Precept is £382,957. This equates to a Band “D” Council Tax of approximately £46.55 for the year. This represents a decrease of 11.26% on the previous year. The reduction has been achieved, firstly, because a number of “one-off” projects have been carried out during the previous year and will not be repeated and, secondly, a number of minor reductions have been made and some projects extended leading, cumulatively, to a substantial decrease in Precept.
All three bus shelters in Gt. Holland are being restored to a high standard, and the clock on the village hall is working again.
The Town Council has recently officially sponsored the K6 telephone at Gun Gardens in Frinton on Sea. The kiosk was to have been removed by British Telecom. However, pressure by the Town Council and others across the country lead to a scheme of sponsorship and adoption. For £500 per annum the Town Council has saved this kiosk as a working telephone box. The Town Council received a grant of £250.00 from Tendring District Council towards the first year’s sponsorship. The Town Council also received an offer of a matching £250.00 from the nearby restaurant, “The Last Viceroy of British India” but, unfortunately, sponsorship rules precluded acceptance, As soon as the paperwork has been finalised by British Telecom the Town Council will attempt to bring this historic building up to the Town Council’s usual high standards.