The table below shows how the council tax that South Molton residents pay is divided amongst various authorities for 2015/2016:
DCC – Devon County Council: They take the lion’s share as they are responsible for the big budget items such education, roads, care for the elderly and disabled, child protection, public health, libraries, recycling centres and waste disposal.
NDDC – North Devon District Council: refuse collection and kerbside recycling, housing, planning, street cleaning and leisure.
SMTC – South Molton Town Council: Amory Centre, Pannier Market, Assembly Rooms, cemetery, recreation ground, allotments.
Police – Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall: law and order and crime reduction.
Fire – Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority: fire prevention, fire and rescue.
Compare the Band D council tax in South Molton with the Band D council tax in various London Boroughs:
South Molton £1,668.62
Kensington and Chelsea £1,062.33
Tower Hamlets £1,180.52
The highest council tax band in Westminster (Band H) pays just £1,345.48. That’s £323.14 less than a South Molton Band D property and a massive £1,991.74 less than a Band H property in South Molton would pay it there were any such properties!! Even Snurridge (or Northgate Manor as it’s now called) is ‘only’ a and G.