District council looking for 10p a week in tax
Homeowners in North Kesteven will have to pay 10p per week more council tax from April.
North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) has announced the planned increase to pay for the services it provides.
If agreed by the council on February 28, this will be the first increase made on the district council element of the bill in three years.
For the past two years, NKDC has frozen its charge at 2010 levels. This was an option this year too, in exchange for a Government grant of £52,000, but council leader Marion Brighton said this would have merely delayed an inevitable "cliff edge" in the council's finances.
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"By choosing to make a modest increase in our element of the council tax charge we will be able to build an extra £167,000 into the budget going forward," she said.
"In the three years since council tax last went up, we've been able to ensure that residents have not lost essential services despite having to find savings of almost £3 million in that time.
"This maintains the NKDC charge for a band D property at £140.04 for the year, reduced to £93.36 and £108.92 for the smaller band A and B homes most people occupy."