No election charges for Hambleton parishes
Parish and town councils across Hambleton will not be faced with election charges next year.
Hambleton District Council is waiving its fees for all councils within its district that need to go to the polls in May – the district authority will foot the bill.
It means that those councils that need to align their elections with the new unitary council for North Yorkshire are not faced with increasing precepts to residents next year to cover the costs.
“There are 78 parish and town councils in Hambleton – and many of them are expected to have to go to the polls,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.
“These elections were not anticipated but are necessary because of the formation of the new unitary authority for North Yorkshire, and we know the parishes will not have budgeted for this extra expense. So, to support them through this unexpected process, we will not be charging fees to administer the elections.
“The last couple of years has been challenging for everyone, so we hope helping parishes financially now will support them in their recovery.”