Council tax increase recommended: Less than 11p a week
Boston Borough Council's Cabinet has recommended an increase of the borough's share of council tax of 2.99 per cent - an annual increase of just £5.49 for a band D property; or less than 11p a week. But almost 90 per cent of households will pay less.
The recommendation will now go out for public consultation before the full council meeting in February for final agreement.
Cllr Aaron Spencer, the council's Cabinet member for finance, said: "Times are still extremely rough for councils across the country, as they play their part in assisting the national spending situation as the Government continues to reduce the national budget deficit."
He said the Government's own figures showed Boston's spending power in the four years to 2019/20 was 20 per cent, with grant reduction in excess of that. The council's revenue budget will have reduced by more than £2 million by 2020 as Government grant is withdrawn.
Government funding for the coming financial year will reduce by £231,000 compared with 2018/19.
For 2019/20 further savings of £312,000 have been identified ensuring a balanced budget, as required by law.
Income from fees and charges, such as swimming pool and gym fees, car parking income and crematorium fees, is an important source of revenue for the council, representing more than 12 per cent of the gross income budgeted in 2019/20.
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.
The council now wants your views so it can continue to provide the right services for the right people, making sure it is focused 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.
The consultation will run until February 8.