Council tax 2018/19: What you will have to pay
Councillors have set the borough's share of your council tax bill for 2018/19. From April 1 households in band D properties will have to pay an additional 10p a week. As almost 90 per cent of properties are rated below band D most households will pay less.
The 2.98 per cent increase will mean council tax payers in a band D property will pay £183.60 as the borough's share of their total council tax bill.
Other amounts are made up with the demands from Lincolnshire County Council (increase of 4.95 per cent), Lincolnshire Police (increase of 5.8 per cent) and Boston Town Area Committee (increase of three per cent) for those living in town wards, or their parish council precept if they live in the villages.
A balanced draft budget was approved on Monday night 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.
The following council tax bills will apply for band D properties - these figures include elements from borough council, county council, police, BTAC (for Boston town wards) and the parish councils:
Algarkirk - £1,699.20; Amber Hill - £1,666.60; Benington - £1,711.76; Bicker - £1,696.87; Boston - £1,704.49; Butterwick - £1,669.67; Fishtoft - £1,646.78; Fosdyke - £1,707.99; Frampton - £1,663.92; Freiston - £1,703.91; Holland Fen and Brothertoft - £1,646.38; Kirton - £1,718.83; Leverton - £1,710.33; Old Leake - £1,689.54; Sutterton - £1,683.26; Swineshead - £1,664.27; Wigtoft - £1,679.94; Wrangle - £1,681.23; Wyberton - £1,668.49.
Council Tax bills will be issued shortly with payments due from April 1. Householders are asked to ensure they clear this year's amounts by March 21 to avoid paying extra in April. If you are experiencing payment difficulties, please contact the borough council's credit control section on 01205 314353 or Creditcontrol@boston.gov.uk