Council tax rise of 4 pence a week

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Residents in Bourne and The Deepings are facing a council tax rise of around 4 pence a week from South Kesteven District Council.

This works out at £2.22 a year for band D households – but most people live in either band A or band B properties, giving them respective proposed rises of £1.48 and £1.73 a year.

Council leader Linda Neal said: “We know times are tough, but a small increase in the amount of council tax we levy, along with the savings we have already made, will help us find the extra funding we need to maintain our quality frontline services.”

The council’s portfolio holder for strategic resources, Coun Mike Taylor, said: “Because we are a well run council and have one of the lowest council taxes in the country, we have been able to propose a small increase in council tax.”

The district council’s share of the overall council tax bill is lower than the sums levied by the police and Lincolnshire County Council, but South Kesteven is still consulting residents on what it describes as its “minimal” increase before making a final decision.

The council’s consultation runs until Friday, January 10 and anyone who wants to comment can visit the following web address,

Comments residents make will assist the authority in making a decision in March.