Members of the district council’s Executive have approved a recommendation that there should be an increase in council tax of £5 for Band D.
This will mean a 3.58 per cent increase in council tax in South Kesteven for 2016/17 if it is given final approval by the council at its meeting on Monday, February 29.
The council will also be recommended to approve a General Fund budget requirement of £12.403 million for 2016/17.
Richard Wyles, SKDC Corporate Finance Manager, told yesterday’s Executive meeting that the council had consulted widely with residents and businesses in the district over the proposed council tax increase. He said 51 per cent of those who took part supported an increase and had an understanding of why the council proposed the increase. Mr Wyles said nine per cent of people were ‘indifferent’ and he said those against were concerned that the increase would be more than inflation.
Council chief executive Beverly Agass said it was a ‘very difficult time in terms of local government funding’ for the council and it had worked hard to make sure it remained self-sufficient in future.
The meeting was told that with significant cuts in Government funding, the council will be making a ‘more commerical approach in future’ to bring in income.
Last year Mrs Agass said the council has decided to set up a local authority controlled company (LACC) as a result of reduction in Government grants, and to meet a need for more housing.
The company will generate profits for the district council so it can continue to deliver its services. The council said the company would be for the benefit of service users not shareholders.