South Kesteven District Council have today approved the budget for 2016/17, including a council tax rise of 3.58 per cent.
This equates to an increase of £4.56 a year for an average band D property.
Presenting the budget to today’s full council meeting, SKDC leader Bob Adams said: “This council has a proven track record or keeping its part of the council tax bill as low as possible and this is the case again this year as we are proposing an increase of 3.58 per cent, which equates to £5 a year, or less than 10 pence a week for an average Band D property, and as the majority of properties in our district are in Bands A, B, or C, the increase for most people will be even less than this.”
Coun Adams also highlighted the extent of cuts to local authority funding, adding: “In 2010 the formula grant received from government for South Kesteven was just over £10 million. The settlement for 2016/17 is £5.7 million.”
He said: “Despite decreasing income we are determined to ensure local communities continue to receive support where possible that can mean community efforts can continue to thrive.”
During the meeting, amendments to the budget were also put forward by Labour councillors, in relation to carrying out feasibility studies on measures to improve tourism, gateways to Grantham, free parking for an hour, council provision of business waste collection, and improvements to bin collections to those without outside space. These were lost after a vote.
A further proposal was put forward by Labour and Independent councillors to look into funding a literary festival in Market Deeping.
Coun Phil Dilks, of the Deeping St. James ward, said: “There is a feeling in the beautiful south of South Kesteven that we are the forgotten corner.”
* For further coverage of today’s full council meeting, including details on the budget, see this week’s paper.