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Council tax rise set for final OK

Boston Borough Council will meet next Thursday (February 28) to set the borough's share of council tax for 2019/20.

Today (Wednesday, February 20) the Cabinet recommended an increase 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 had already been out for public consultation and 45 responses were received.

Those who responded rated the most important services provided by the borough council as waste and recycling collections, community safety and cleaning roads and footpaths and emptying litter bins.

Cllr Aaron Spencer, the council's Cabinet member for finance, said core spending power had reduced over the four years to 2019/20 by 20 per cent - "a huge amount".

The borough council is required to bill and collect council tax - money for Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the borough council and your parish council or Boston Town Area Committee.

Of the total 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.

Lincolnshire County Council sets its council tax on Friday (February 22) and has been recommended to accept an increase of 4.95 per cent - an additional £61 a year for a band D property..

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's increase for policing of 11 per cent has been agreed by the Police and Crime Panel - an additional £23.94 a year for a band D property