Sutton Bridge residents hit hardest by council tax

The famous Cross Keys swing bridge at Sutton Bridge - the village with the highest council tax in South Holland.
The famous Cross Keys swing bridge at Sutton Bridge - the village with the highest council tax in South Holland.
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SUTTON Bridge is the most expensive place to live in South Holland following a 48 per cent rise in its parish precept.

A precept is an amount parishes tell district councils they want to spend in any given year – but the whole sum must be raised by council taxpayers living within the parish rather than spread across South Holland.

Sutton Bridge’s precept for the current year is £77,000, some £25,000 higher than the 2010-2011 year, and that means each Band D council taxpayer must fork out £56.41 – a whopping £18.05 rise on last year.

Council tax bills include charges from Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council. Lincolnshire Police is the only one of the big three to impose a rise, up by £7.11 to £186.39 for a Band D home, and South Holland’s dipped by 43p to £156.60 for Band D homes.

Holbeach is the second most expensive parish for residents, with Band D council taxpayers having to stump up £49.96 – a rise of £2.74 on last year.

Crowland is the third most expensive at £47.92, up by £2.82.

Total parish spending is the greatest in Spalding’s special expenses area.

This year the sum is £210,480, but Spalding has more households and that brings the charge down to £23.28 for each Band D council taxpayer.

The overall sum raised for Spalding went up by £750 from last year but the charge dipped by a few pence from last year’s £23.35 because the number of council taxpayers went up.

Holbeach Parish Council is the next biggest spender, precepting for £171,441 – which is up by £11,215 on last year.

Surfleet’s Band D residents will pay £5.43 this year – the lowest figure for South Holland – although that’s a major hike on last year’s 21p as parish spending rises from last year’s £100 to £2,500.

The next lowest is Whaplode, with a Band D charge of £10.53 – some 6p cheaper than last year. The overall precept is static at £12,000.

Parish spending overall in South Holland has risen by £36,222 from last year’s £794,599 to £830,821 but only accounts for two per cent of the overall council tax bill.