Charter Trustees are the councillors elected to represent wards in the unparished area of Taunton. This is the central area that has no town or parish council of its own.
Following the creation of Somerset West and Taunton Council there will be 16 councillors representing the area following local elections on 2 May 2019.
They will be able to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Taunton from their number. The Mayor and Deputy will maintain the traditional role previously carried out by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Taunton Deane within the boundary of the unparished area.
The Charter Trustees and the mayoralty will be funded through a local tax, or precept, levied on householders in the unparished areas through the Council Tax system. The precept is not a new tax. It continues the system that existed under the former Taunton Deane Borough Council.
The creation of Charter Trustees in Taunton will not affect Mayors for other towns in Somerset West and Taunton, for example Minehead and Wellington.