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County and district councillors to make decision on council tax

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Councils look set to freeze tax rates across the region despite being forced to make more cuts and losing further Government funding.

County councillors in Lincolnshire and Rutland and district councillors in South Kesteven are all due to set budgets for 2014/15 in the coming weeks.

Proposals have been seen by cabinet members from all three councils. And each cabinet has voted to recommend a tax feeze in exchange for a one-off Government grant.

South Kesteven councillors will make their final decision on March 3. Initial proposals recommended a 1.75 per cent increase. But this was changed to keep rates the same after a public consultation.

The freeze would result in a £64,000 grant from central Government. With the planned 1.75 per cent rate increase the council would not get the one-off grant but the rise would generate £112,000.

Council leader Linda Neal (Con) said: “It’s through lots of hard work and diligence we find ourselves now being able to recommend something that has much less impact on the community than we originally thought would be possible.”

Rutland county councillors will discuss the budget on Monday. Cabinet members have already recommended a tax freeze in exchange for a £208,000 Government grant.

They have also recommended a 50 per cent tax discount on class A empty homes for up to 12 months, a 100 per cent discount for one month followed by a 50 per cent discount for five months for class C homes and no discount for second homes.

And Lincolnshire county councillors will made a decision on their budget on Friday next week. The cabinet has recommended a tax freeze in exchange for a grant of £2.567m from the Government.

 

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