A precept is the money that a Parish Council raises by means of a small charge on each house within the Parish Boundaries. The precept is collected by Sefton MBC on behalf of the Parish Council. The money is spent within and for Formby Parish residents. The CCTV cameras and the recent village refurbishment have all been paid for with the precept.
The precept costs a Band D property in Formby about £4.50 there are small variations in this figure for houses in different bands.This precept is added to the Council Tax bill and is an addition to that bill. By way of comparison the average Formby resident pays £4.50 per annum, while a Band D property in Maghull is charged around £85 per annum. The Merseyside Police and Fire Authorities also set charges of £146.23 and £64.77 respectively.
For more information about the Formby Parish Council debate visit Parish Councillor Sean Brady's blog here.
More details about Council Taxes and Parish Council Precepts are published on Sefton MBC's web site.