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Precepts and Finance

The running of the Parish Council, in effect the village, has always been funded by a "precept", or charge to the ratepayers. The costs of running the Council are listed below.

Originally the precept was a charge on the Overseers who employed a person to collect the "Poor Rate" which they then passed on to the Board of Guardians. There was also a lighting rate and a sanitary rate to collect.

Finance matters were originally given into the hands of a Finance Committee formed on 1st September 1895 with W J Hickson, E J Jefferson and O Oldham comprising its membership. No further mention however is made of the committee after this minute.

At the annual audit of accounts in 1898 the District Auditor noted that all financial transactions be minuted or else Councillors could be surcharged. Certainly recording of expenditure improved thereafter.

The precepts have been:


Year	Precept Requested
1895	10.00.0
1896	None recorded
1897	None recorded
1898	Cash in hand sufficient
1899	None recorded
1900	  7.10.0
1901	 10.00.0
1902	None recorded
1903	None recorded
1904	None recorded
1905	None recorded
1906	  6.10.0
1907	  7.00.0
1908	10.00.0
1909	  8.00.0
1910	  8.00.0
1911	  6.00.0
1912	  7.00.0
1913	10.00.0
1914	10.00.0
1915	NIL
1916 - 1924	Not noted
1925	  8.00.0
1926	10.00.0
1927	34.00.0
1928	20.00.0
1929	20.00.0
1930	15.00.0
1931	15.00.0
1932	None requested
1933	12.00.0
1934	12.00.0
1935	12.00.0
1936	13.00.0
1937	24.00.0
1938	26.00.0
1939	30.00.0
1940	10.00.0
1941	10.00.0
1942	10.00.0
1943	10.00.0
1944	10.00.0
1945	15.00.0
1946	15.00.0
1947	25.00.0
1948	15.00.0
1949	60.00.0
1950	60.00.0
1951	60.00.0
1952	45.00.0
1953	60.00.0
1954	73.00.0
1955	91.00.0
1956	80.00.0
1957	70.00.0
1958	105.00.0
1959	85.00.0
1960	95.00.0
1961	110.00.0
1962	110.00.0
1963	110.00.0
1964	150.00.0
1965	170.00.0
1966	230.00.0
1967	450.00.0
1968	560.00.0
1969	436.00.0
1970	383
1971	300.00
1972	450.00
1973	700.00
1974	Not recorded
1975	1000.00
1976	1600.00
1977	1450.00

The precept in 1940 to 1945 was in effect just to keep the Council 'ticking over'. The main payments out were for the wages of the clerk, audit stamps, and the standing charges for the electricity supply and lamps etc for the street lights. The street lights were, of course, not lit, from 1939 to late 1944 when a reduced level was allowed.

Rate Collector

In March 1897 the Council were asked by the rate collector what increase in salary they were willing to give him for making and collecting the "Poor Rate". Asked what he wanted he replied "8.00.0, up from 5.00.0". The Council voted 3 votes to 2 to award a rise of 2.00.0, making his salary 7.00.0 pa.

* It was agreed 2nd November 1901. "that 3.10.0 pa be paid to Mr D Feasey, rate collector, for collecting the special sanitary rate to satisfy a precept of 20. issued by the District Council, but that the same payment to be made in the future regardless of the amount due". Evidently some ill-feeling was evident over the imposed rate due to the long running saga of sanitary matters. This additional sum made the rate collector annual salary up to 10.10.0 pa.

The rate collector was David Feasey, who did the job from the inception of the Parish Council, until his death in February 1912. His son, Walter Eaton Feasey, was recommended to the District Council, to take his place as Collector of Income Tax and appointed the following month. He resigned in May and the Board of Guardians asked the Council to recommend another person. The rate of pay was to be 8.00.0pa with the candidate having to find a bond of 100. The Council recommended Harold Dudley Gardner.

Mr Gardner did not last long for it was reported in September that he had resigned! The then District Councillor, Major Allfrey, was charged by the Guardians to find another collector, who was also to be an assistant overseer. The assistant overseer, however, was to act as Clerk which did not go down well with the incumbent of the day. The Guardians wished to make the appointment of the collector/overseer at a salary of 12.00.0 pa. This idea did not find favour with the Council as it wished to appoint the person to act as the Clerk. Eventually, in April 1913, Mr E Stapleton was appointed as Clerk and Assistant Overseer at a salary of 2 pa as Clerk and 8 pa for collecting the special rates. Mr Stapleton however had to resign, as he became a member of the RDC. Mr A E G Bennett was appointed by 18th September 1914.

Treasurer

Initially the finances of the Council were handled by a Treasurer, who actually was the banker. These were:


From		To		Name			Notes
05.01.1895	15.03.1895	Richard Littleboy	Died 15.03.1895
04.05.1895	27.03.1906	Frederick Bassett	Banker, of Leighton Buzzard.
						 	  His bank was the fore-runner
							  of Barclays in Newport Pagnell.
27.03.1905	08.02.1926	F Littleboy	
08.02.1926			Barclays Bank Ltd, Newport Pagnell	

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