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Council asks people of South Kesteven to have their say on proposed tax increase




South Kesteven District Council.
South Kesteven District Council.

The district council would like to hear the views of residents and businesses about a proposed increase in council tax.

The council has been recognised by Government as being a low cost council and has been given the opportunity to increase its council tax by £5 for a band D property for next year, which would generate an extra £227,000 per year to continue to provide frontline services.

Coun Bob Adams, Leader of South Kesteven District Council, said: “We know times are tough, but this small increase in council tax along with over £1m in efficiency savings we’ve already made, will allow us to continue to deliver the services our customers expect from us.”

He added that SKDC is an ambitious council that sees itself as a leader in driving economic growth, job creation and regeneration in the district, and the additional money gained through a council tax increase would be used to continue to develop, invest and deliver council priorities.

Coun Terl Bryant, portfolio holder for Strategic Resources, added: “Over the last few years SKDC has successfully managed to freeze council tax, but since 2010, the amount we receive from central government has drastically reduced by more than £4m and by 2020, we are not expecting to receive anything.”

Coun Bryant said SKDC has worked hard behind the scenes to make savings and currently has one of the lowest council tax levels in the country.

He said: “Although this proposed increase is small, the council is mindful of the views and impact the rise might have on local residents and businesses.”

SKDC is inviting all stakeholders to share their views online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk

This exercise closes on February 4, 2016.

The comments residents and businesses make will help the authority to make its decision on council tax levels for 2016/17 in February.



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