Council tax freeze plan by cabinet on the table for vote

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People in Bourne and the Deepings could be spared the pain of a council tax rise, with a vote on the issue due next month.

Cabinet members at South Kesteven District Council have backed a proposal to keep council tax for the coming year at 2013-14 levels, meaning the average bill in 2014-15 will be £127.47.

This also means that homeowners in bands A and B properties could face an annual charge of £84.98 and £99.14 respectively.

A full council vote on the issue will take place on March 3 but Coun Mike Taylor, cabinet member for strategic resources, said: “We are aware of the financial pressures on every household and are pleased to recommend a freeze on council tax bills in these testing economic times.”

The council gave people a chance to have their say on a plan to increase council tax by 1.75 per cent, a rise of between £1.48 and £1.73 for 2014-15.

But savings of about £2.3 million over the last four years have put the council in a position to keep council tax in the coming year the same as in 2013-14.

Council leader Linda Neal said: “It’s through lots of hard work and diligence that we now find ourselves being able to recommend something that has much less impact on the community than we originally thought would be possible.”