PETWORTH Town Council has delayed finalising its budget, after fears were expressed of the parish precept increasingly dramatically.
The draft budget put forward proposals to increase the precept from £57,000 to around £111,000.
However councillors have expressed concerns this would place a burden on households in the town.
The average taxpayer paid around £40 for the town council precept this year. Doubling it would take it to around £80.
Neville Fox said: “To increase it by 100 per cent is a bit out of order.
“I think we have got to look at the community and Petworth is not a very wealthy area.
“There are a lot of people struggling in Petworth.
“To find an extra £40, that is a lot for some people.”
Maggie Smith said she was ‘very uncomfortable about a 100 per cent increase’, while Tony Sneller added: “Our food bank served three people yesterday.
“That is the sort of community we are living in.
“What can the community afford to pay - not how far can we push.”
The budget will be finalised at a meeting early in the new year.