Cabinet recommends council tax freeze for Boston residents
BOSTON Borough Council's Cabinet is to recommend freezing the authority's portion of Council Tax.
If approved by the full council on March 4, the average Band D household's bill should remain at £168.39 – £3.23 a week – with many households paying less.
The move comes despite adjustments to the council's budget for the new financial year, revealing an overall reduction in Government funding. Cllr Raymond Singleton-McGuire said the budget had been developed at a time of significant financial challenge, needing tough decisions to be taken.
Total Government funding for 2013/14 at £6.6m is largely unchanged from 2012/13, but the council has to manage ongoing inflationary pressures. Additional funding has been provided in particular for the New Homes Bonus – for more homes being available for use.
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The picture for 2014/15 is much more grim with overall funding falling by a further 9.45 per cent to £5.98m.
The council's five-year savings target stands at £1,168,000. The net cost of running council services in 2013/14 is £9,177,000.