Buckingham Town Council keep their Council Tax increase to 10p per household


Buckingham Town Council has voted to only increase the Council Tax raised by the Council on residents in 2019/20 by 10p per household.  At the Town Council meeting on Monday 14 January councillors voted to use £8,586 from reserves towards the coming year’s budget to keep the rise as low as possible.  The total amount raised through Council Tax by the Town Council in 2019/20 will be £852,777.  This equates to an increase of 10p per week for a band D property, a rise of £5.26 or 3.3%.  The Town Council also raises funding through charges, for example for use of rooms in the Lace Hill Community Centre, for burials and by charging the County Council for services provided on its behalf.

The additional funding will be used to install new fencing round the Bourton Park play area and dog-proof gates for Lace Hill Park. The Council will begin to pay for the purchase and development of the new cemetery and allotment site. The Council provides additional services to those run by neighbouring councils, including the Tourist Information Centre, Shopmobility, Lace Hill Community Centre and the annual fireworks display.

The Town Mayor, Jon Harvey, said, I am really pleased that the Town Council have been able to keep our Council Tax increase so low. The Town Council is providing a wide and increasing range of services for the town while ensuring we have the finances in place to purchase and develop the new cemetery and allotments.”

The other Councils, Crime & Police Commissioner and Fire Authority set their own Council Tax rates and increases.

Annual Meetings

There are three annual Town Council meetings; the Annual Town Meeting, the Annual Statutory Meeting and the Precept.

Annual Town Meeting

You are warmly invited to Buckingham’s Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday 20th March 2019 in Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwalls Meadow at 7pm.








We will be hosting a virtual meeting during week beginning Monday 4th March. Last year we reached 16,357 and engaged with 8,415 during the virtual meeting (A summary of last year’s event can be found here).  Residents will be invited, via a variety of media, to post questions or comment under discussion topics with responses from the Town and Council Officers, with comments being fed into the Annual Town Meeting. The evening meeting of the 20th March will be run in an Open Space format; all that needs to be discussed, will be. Everyone is very welcome!

Our Committee Chairs have prepared annual feedback reports on the work of Buckingham Town Council over the last financial year:
Environment Committee
Town Centre & Events Committee
Resources Committee
Planning Committee 

We anticipate that the event will enable the Town Council and our partners to gain a wide view of residents’ views on issues facing the town as well as to work together to respond effectively.  We sincerely hope you are able to support our event.

If you would like to submit a question in advance to receive a response on the evening of the 20th March 2019, then please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or write to:
The Town Clerk
Buckingham Centre
Verney Close
MK18 1JP


Annual Statutory Meeting

The Annual Statutory Meeting in May is the first meeting of the municipal year. The elections of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor take place at this meeting.


The Precept meeting is the meeting which determines the tax that Buckingham Town Council will request via Aylesbury Vale District Council to be collected from the eligible households in the Buckingham Town Council catchment area.
The agenda for the Precept meeting on the 14th January 2019 can be found here.

To access all past committee agendas, reports and minutes, including this year, please click here.

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