Boston 'special rate': Less than 19p a day
Boston town ward residents may have to pay less than 19p a day as their "parish" portion of their overall council tax bill for 2018/19.
Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) has made a recommendation to increase its precept in line with inflation - three per cent, a £71.98 annual charge for a band D property. The majority of properties in the area are rated less than band D, so will pay less than this.
Council tax bills are made up of payments to Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police, Boston Borough Council and either BTAC or parish councils for those living in the rural areas.
BTAC's recommendation will be considered by the borough council's Cabinet before final approval at the council tax setting meeting of the full council on February 26.
The money required by BTAC - £648,327 - will help pay for public toilets, Central Park, footway lights and open spaces, and supports Christmas lights in the town and other town-based organisations. Chairman, Cllr Nigel Welton said: "We spend it wisely to help make the town a better place for those who live in the town wards. One of our additional focuses will be to promote and provide town centre events and additional staff to help maintain and improve the environment."
The charge compares with £104.30 for band D properties in Alford, £75.70 in Skegness and £107.50 for Sleaford.
BTAC has awarded grants to:
Bears FC, a junior football club will receive £911.07 to purchase much-needed equipment to kickstart the club's development. Bears FC focuses on young players typically of a lower ability who struggle to compete for team places in other junior football clubs, and is based at Haven High Academy, Marian Road;
Skirbeck St Nicholas Community Centre was awarded £1,000 towards the cost of car park refurbishment to enable disabled access to the centre;
Lincolnshire Police mini police were awarded a further £619 to purchase an i-Pad which will enable footage to be edited and shared to mini police volunteers, allowing them to be directly involved in the production of their own videos and access to various applications to produce their own posters and adverts. This will increase those involved in the project to develop IT skills and help to promote the project;
Friends of Boston Cemetery were awarded £208 to enable them to produce promotional material to advertise the work of the group and their aspirations for developing further projects within Boston Cemetery.