Lincoln residents could be charged £25 a year for garden waste collections
People could be charged £25 a year for garden waste collections by the City of Lincoln Council under proposed measures to save £3 million by 2016/17.
The authority is preparing to make some tough financial decisions due to less Government grant settlement and income from car parking and building regulation and planning fees.
The council has to find £1 million of savings over the next financial year, with a total of £3 million required by 2016/7.
Apart from charging for green bin collections, the council is also looking to axe the urban rangers and commons warden and the sports development team.
The Drill Hall grant could also be reduced by £75,000 over four to five years and the annual councillor ward budgets of £1,000 per member are to be scrapped.
Up to £150,00 in savings have also been identified in-house by reducing back office costs and management overheads.
The draft budget will go to the council’s executive on January 28 before going out to consultation. The £14 million budget is due to be decided on March 5.
Leader of the council Ric Metcalfe said: "I am furious that we have been put in this position.
"The last thing we wanted to do was to stop providing services that we have built up over the years.
"However, we have little choice and must now focus on providing services that most affect the people of this city.
"These decision have been incredibly difficult to make and have been made because no other options are available to us."