Help guide services for the future
Your council tax bill is an important factor when organising your household budget.
This year Boston Borough Council wants to hear from you what you consider to be the most and least important services it provides, as it looks to the future.
The consultation will run from tomorrow afternoon until February 8.
The borough council uses its part of your council tax to provide services such as collecting your rubbish and recycling, maintaining parks and open spaces, inspecting food businesses to make sure the food you eat is safe or processing applications for housing and council tax support.
But remember, although the borough council is required to bill and collect council tax, money for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Lincolnshire County Council and your parish council/Boston Town Area Committee is also collected. In fact, only 11p in every £1 collected is Boston Borough Council's element and this includes the levy that the borough has to pay to the local internal drainage boards, which totals over half of the 11p.
Councils across the country continue to face significant financial challenges. Since 2010 the Government has significantly reduced its funding for councils and the number of people living in Boston has grown. In this period the borough council has made net savings of more than £2.5 million from its annual budgets and must make further savings currently estimated at £1 million by 2023/24. Had these savings not been made, some services would have had to stop as the ability to increase council tax is limited by the Government.
It is therefore very important that we get your views so we can continue to provide the right services for the right people, making sure we are focusing on those services that matter most to you and your family, whilst at the same time delivering services in the most efficient way.
It would really help the council if you could read the draft budget report and appendices at http://moderngov.boston.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=130&MId=1312&Ver=4 and then complete the consultation survey online at www.boston.gov/budgetconsultation2019 which gives you an opportunity to indicate what you believe to be the three most important and the three least important services provided by the borough council.
Completed copies of the survey can also be returned via freepost to Boston Borough Council, FREEPOST PHQ17, BOSTON PE21 8BR .
Following the public and other consultation processes, the 2019/20 budget will be presented to Cabinet, and then formally approved by full council, in February.