Tax could be frozen in face of £45m of savings
The county council is proposing to freeze its share of the tax despite battling to make £45m of savings over the next two years.
Lincolnshire County Council’s executive met on Tuesday to discuss the budget for the next financial year and agreed to consult on a tax freeze.
If approved, it will be the third year running the council has approved a freeze and will mean it is given a Government grant equivalent to a one per cent rise.
The county council is battling to save £45m over the next two years.
It has already planned £39.8m in savings over the next financial year but a report said the council will have to review its service priorities before it sets its budget for 2015/16.
Executive member for finance and human resources Kelly Smith (Con) said the council was “committed to protecting priority services” despite the pressures on its budget.
He said the county council had made savings of about £80m over the last two years.
South Kesteven District Council has also had a £365,000 cut in its Government grant, which is five per cent.
The district council’s cabinet will discuss the budget in February when its share of the council tax will be considered before the budget is set on March 1.
Meanwhile, the Audit Commission has highlighted the way South Kesteven District Council’s made arrangements to secure the district’s economy by efficient and effective use of its resources during a challenging financial year.
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