You lucky residents of Swanage will be paying from the beginning of April more council tax than any other householders in Purbeck.
Those with memories not that long can remember former mayor Tony Miller boasting that the investment the town council was making in the caravan park would be reaping rich rewards.
He was predicting a zero town council tax, and even, that the residents might expect a bit back.
Well that was then. This is now.
And the amount the town council is asking from you is going up rather more than 22 %.
Not the 5 % that the other council tax setting authorities - the Police, the Fire Brigade, Dorset County Council and the Purbeck Council have all been forced to keep within.
The Government says 5 %. Swanage says 22 %. As a parish council it doesn't have to stick to 5 % and the books have to be balanced.
This year the average council tax for Swanage town council has been £67.60. From April you will be paying £82.55 on average. In terms of the whole council tax it isn't much. The County council takes over £1,000. Purbeck has increased its share from £138.60 to £145.39. The police cost us on average £156.51. Considering the concerns about the police coverage of Swanage that might be considered steep. The Fire service takes £53.19. Total, for those, just over £1,400.
Then there's £82.55 for Swanage.
Have you heard any debate about it. Have I missed the discussion?
Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 11:28 PM