Pinchbeck Parish Council has set its share of council tax – known as a parish precept – at a grand total of £30,000.
That means people living in Band D properties will pay £16.80 for 2013/14 for services carried out by the parish.
The new sum is £2,000 less than the current year, a fall of 6.25 per cent.
Total expenditure for the 2013/2014 year is expected to be £64,395, but that will be offset by anticipated income of £22,545 as well as a contribution from reserves which currently amount to nearly £16,000.
Commenting on the fall in payments, Coun Richard Dobbs said: “I think it’s down to really good housekeeping.”
A number of new items were placed in the estimates for the coming year.
• £1,000 for dog poo bins (four)
• £3,000 for ongoing repairs at the sports club building at Leaves Lake Drove Playing Field
• £1,000 for tree maintenance
• £3,500 for removing a hedge in Market Way to make it safer for pedestrians
• £2,000 for election costs
Parish council chairman Andrew Bowser said the council’s finances reflected years of good management.
“We are in good shape and it’s a fact that, over the years, it has been well managed,” he said.
• The council has faced criticism at its pre-meeting public forum for spending cash on grass cutting in churchyards, but the council says it is under a legal obligation to cut the grass.
Members heard the council had made a £216 saving on this year’s grass cutting budgets for the churchyards at St Mary’s and St Bartholomew’s – actual spending was £2,640 compared to the budgeted £2,856.