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COUNCIL TAX FINAL: What YOU will pay in 2014/15

Councillors have agreed not to increase the borough's share of council tax for 2014/15.

The charge for services provided by Boston Borough Council to the average property - band D - will remain at £168.39; £3.23 a week.

Lincolnshire County Council has also frozen its share of council tax. Lincolnshire Police has increased its share by a shade short of two per cent.

On Monday night Cllr Raymond Singleton-McGuire, the council's finance portfolio holder, said the council had again developed a balanced budget at a time of significant financial challenge, without raising reserves and without redundancies. At the same time it has improved services. He said it was a budget for growth and investment in the borough.

He commended staff for their assistance in voluntarily accepting changes to terms and conditions.

"We will spend every penny wisely for the benefit of the people we serve. This budget ensures we do more with less," he said.

He reminded members that an estimated £1,759,000 needed to be saved by 2018/19, £639,000 in 2015/16. Government support for the council was being cut by £772,000 (23 per cent) between 2013/14 and 2014/15.

He said the council's housing strategy would benefit from £750,000 of new homes bonus and, through the pooling mechanism, the council expects to keep £100,000 of business rates in 2014/15 which would otherwise go to central Government.

A joint working agreement with East Lindsey District Council for refuse collecting would also save money.

Spending plans include refurbishment of public toilets in Wide Bargate (cattle market) and Lincoln Lane, car park resurfacing, adaptions to properties to help people with disabilities live at home, replacement of a street cleansing vehicle and High Speed Broadband (BDUK) - the council's contribution towards a nationwide scheme to roll out high-speed broadband.

See the chart below to see how much council tax you will have to pay - those living in Boston will also have to pay the Boston Town Area Committee charge - £12.72 for a band D property. And those living in the parish will have parish rates on top - an average of £5.32 per property.

Your Council tax this year 2014-15

Band A  Band B  Band C  Band D  Band E  Band F  Band G  Band H 
County  £710.46       £828.87       £947.28      £1065.69   £1302.51    £1539.33    £1776.15   £2131.38    
Police£129.24      £150.78     £172.32        £193.86     £236.94     £280.02      £323.10     £387.72
BBC£112.26      £130.97     £149.68        £168.39     £205.81      £243.23      £280.65     £336.78
TOTAL£951.96    £1110.62   £1269.28      £1427.94   £1745.26    £2062.58    £2379.90   £2855.88

To find out more about where all the money comes from to pay for council services and how it is used see our special council tax 2014/15 online booklet below. If you require a printed version please contact the Council Tax team on 01205 314200.