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Have your say on council tax

The council wants your comments on its draft budget which proposes a council tax increase for 2018/19 of the borough's share of your bill of around 10p per week.

The proposed 2.98 per cent increase would mean council tax payers in a band D property would pay £183.60 as the borough's share of their total council tax bill - an increase of just over 10p a week. Almost 90 per cent of households will pay less as most properties in the borough are rated below band D.

Other amounts are made up with the demands from Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police and Boston Town Area Committee for those living in town wards, or their parish council precept if they live in the villages.

Full details can be found at http://bit.ly/2mcTdUD

To make your comments please go to http://bit.ly/2mg2g8n where you can also leave comments on what you feel should be priorities for the town centre. This consultation ends on February 2.

The council's Cabinet will consider the draft budget today (Wednesday, January 10) and will consider comments from the public at its February meeting before making a recommendation to the full council which will meet to set next year's budget and council tax on Monday February 26.

A balanced draft budget is being presented with essential services maintained, including savings to date of more than £900,000 towards a target of £2 million by 2020 as part of the Government's ongoing austerity measures. Government grant funding is reducing to zero by 2020, with proposals for further local retention of business rates after that date. In 2017/18 the borough council received £2,223,000 in central Government support, reducing to £1,853,00 in 2018/19.