Have your say on South Kesteven District Council’s plans to increase council tax

South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham
South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham

Residents are being asked for their views on a district council’s plans to increase council tax by 1.75 per cent next year.

South Kesteven District Council has today launched a consultation as it plans a rise in its portion of council tax bills.

The rise would mean those who live in a property with a banding of A or B, as most residents in the district do, would see an increase of between £1.48 and £1.73 a year.

If council tax was frozen, the council would be entitled to a £64,000 grant from central Government. With the planned 1.75 per cent increase it would not get the grant but the rise would generate £112,000.

District council leader Coun Linda Neal (Con) said: “We know times are tough but a small increase in the amount of council tax we levy, along with the savings we have already made, will help us to find the extra funding we need to maintain our quality frontline services.”

Coun Mike Taylor (Con) said: “Because we are a well run council and have one of the lowest council taxes in the country, we have been able to propose a small increase in council tax.”

The consultation runs until Friday, January 10. A final decision will be made by the council in March.

To comment on the proposals, visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/counciltaxbudgetconsultation

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive members will consider its draft budget on January 8.