South Holland District Council members unanimously agreed last night (Wednesday) to approve the 2016/17 Budget and the four year financial plan.
As part of this Band A council tax will increase by 6p per week, Band B by 7p per week and Band C by 9p.
Coun Peter Coupland explained that the move will ensure weekly refuse and recycling collections, and environmental services will continue
The Band D charge will increase by £5 per year (10p per week) - but 84.1 per cent of South Holland residents pay council tax bands A to C.
This small increase, the first in six years, was agreed in order to protect frontline services following heavy reductions in Government funding.
Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, explained that the move will ensure weekly refuse and recycling collections, and environmental services will continue.
“This rise goes against my instincts but we simply won’t lose essential services that our residents rely on,” he said.
“We are in financially challenging times and have seen our annual Revenue Support Grant reduced by 30 per cent compared to last year, putting us under heavy pressure to find efficiency savings, particularly as we continue to pay 50 per cent of the Council Tax we charge per year to Internal Drainage Boards in the district for land drainage management as part of our flood defences.
“Through careful financial management we are in a better position than most authorities to be able to cover these reductions in funding while maintaining good levels of service.”
Chief financial officer Julie Kennealy said: “The council has in place a sound financial plan. We will be working hard to deliver the plan which will secure a financially stable future.
“Through continued innovation we will change the way we operate and work with partners to meet the needs of our community, including those most vulnerable, while delivering a minimum of 10 per cent efficiency savings.”
For full details on the budget for 2016-17 visit www.sholland.gov.uk