Council consults on plan to increase tax
South Kesteven District Council has revealed its plans for a small tax increase that could bring in an extra £200,000.
The Government has offered the council the chance to increase its share of the overall council tax bill.
Councillors froze the tax rate in 2012 but this year want to add an extra £5 to bills for band D homes.
This would mean a band D resident would have to pay about 10p more per week.
Council leader Linda Neal (Con) said public consultation was important. She added: “The Government has recognised that spending cuts have posed particular difficulties for councils which were already low-cost.
“As a result we are one of only 50 authorities in the country who have been given dispensation to increase their share of the council tax above the nationally prescribed two per cent.
“This is in recognition of the fact that we are a well-run and efficient council.
“The Government has also recognised that urban councils receive 50 per cent more per head of population than rural areas despite evidence that many services in districts like ours are more expensive to deliver because we cover such a large area.
“We have made no council tax increase for two years and if we make a small increase now it will mean that in future years we will not have to make as large an increase as we might otherwise have to.”
To have your say on the council tax proposals visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/counciltax2013
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