Council wants views on rate rise

South Kesteven District Council news.
South Kesteven District Council news.

A council has asked people whether they want a tax increase or not.

South Kesteven District Council has set up a survey to help prepare its budget for 2015/2016.

The council has given people two options. The first would be an increase of two per cent on its part of the council tax bill, which would equate to a rise of £2.79 per year or 5p per week for a band D property. The increase would generate an extra £126,000 for the council.

The second option is to freeze its rates in exchange for a one-off Government grant of £63,000, equivalent to a one per cent tax increase.

People can have their say by completing the online survey at by Sunday.

For more information call 01476 40 60 80 or e-mail

Last week Lincolnshire County Council proposed a tax increase of 1.9 per cent for the year 2015/16 on its portion of the tax. The rise would bring in an extra £4.2m for the next financial year and would help make up a shortfall of £67m.

Rutland County Council wants to freeze its rates for the fifth year in a row. It will spend £150,000 over the next two years to ensure the county’s fire service remains at its current level.