Council taxpayers in Lincolnshire to pay more for bin collections and policing
Council taxpayers in Lincolnshire will pay nothing extra for services like education in 2013/14 – but will be billed more for bin collections and policing.
The lion's share of council tax receipts is destined for Lincolnshire County Council, but the money they receive has been frozen for the third year running.
People in Band A properties will pay £710.46 in 2013/14 for services like schools and roads – run by the county council – compared to £828.87 at Band B and £1,065.69 at Band D.
But people will pay two per cent more for Lincolnshire Police, which equates to £190.08 a year for a Band D property, which is an extra 7p a week.
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In Band A the police levy rises to £126.72 and £147.84 at band B.
Maintaining 1,100 regular frontline police officers has been factored into balancing the £113 million police budget for 2013/14.
Added to the police and county council charges will be the cost of city and district council services including bin collections and planning regulation.
The City of Lincoln Council will consider a 1.98 per cent rise on March 5 for its charge.
Eighty per cent of properties are in the lowest two bands, so the authority's share of the council tax in Band A would be £160.62 from April and £197.39 at band B.
North Kesteven District Council was this week due to agree to raise its share of the council tax bill by 3.66 per cent.
This would take its Band A charge to £93.36, £108.92 in band B and £140.04 in Band D.
The council tax bill in North Kesteven – excluding parish and town precepts – will be £930.54 for Band A and £1,085.63 for Band B.
West Lindsey District Council is set to agree a 1.5 per cent rise in its share of the bill on March 4.
Council taxpayer Dave Smith, 43, of Ermine, Lincoln, who runs 1st Lincs Limo, said: "The council has been going around the Ermine putting in new fascias so you can see that money is being spent.
"The council, like everyone else, is up against it.
"But I know a lot of people are not happy about paying £25 a year for the garden bin waste collection.
"I think it's a reasonable charge. But why doesn't the council simply stop the service over the winter?
"That would save a fortune."
Jeffrey Beaumont, 77, of Trinity Street, Gainsborough, said: "I don't think the service we get from the police at the moment is value for money.
"You see officers flash by in a car but you never see them patrolling on foot around here.
"I think the price rise for West Lindsey's services is fair enough but they need to do more about fly-tipping."