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Council tax down by more than 50p as savings continue

Coun Paul Przyszlak, deputy leader of South Holland County Council.

Coun Paul Przyszlak, deputy leader of South Holland County Council.

South Holland voters have received some good news from district councillors who have voted to cut its share of the council tax by 54 pence.

At a meeting last Wednesday, South Holland District Council unanimously backed a budget that will see householders pay it £155.61 in council tax for 2014-15, compared to £156.15 the previous year.

The cut is equal to a council tax of £2.99 per week, although it will be less for most people in South Holland who lives in properties classified as Band A to C.

But the council is facing a cut in the money it gets from the Government to provide services such as rubbish collection, cemeteries, parks and playing fields of about £1 million.

Coun Paul Przyszlak, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “The background to this year’s budget setting has been the continuing reductions in Government grants to local authorities.

“This council has been prudent in its use of available funding but, unfortunately, this will not be the last year of reductions in the Government grant. “Further cost reductions or new income streams will need to be found for at least two more years.

“However, this will be the third year of either a standstill or reduced council tax precept for our residents.”

 

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