District council votes for 1.51 per cent tax rise

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

The Council Tax charged by North Kesteven District Council for delivery of local services will increase by three or four pence per week for most people from April.

Full Council on Thursday unanimously agreed an increase of 1.51 per cent on the district council’s share of the bill which will add between £1.43 and £1.91 a year to the total amount for more than three quarters of residents, living in houses Banded A to C.

At Band D this will rise by just £2.16 to £144.90.

A proposal by Coun Marianne Overton to raid reserves within the council’s budget to support regeneration of deteriorating buildings in the district and activities for young people was voted down as “cynical headline grabbing”.

The increase reflects reductions in core funding from Government, maintaining resilience to future funding cuts, limiting the need for service cuts and reflecting the preferred option of respondents to the council’s resident consultation.

Council Tax charges are levied by Lincolnshire County Council (making up around 73 per cent of the total bill), the district council (nine per cent), Lincolnshire Police (13 per cent) and parish and town councils which set variable charges reflecting local circumstances.

In North Kesteven 77 per cent of homes are banded below Band D - which means houses in Bands A to C will pay around £952.32, £1,111.04 or £1,269.75 in total, plus the appropriate local parish levy. North Kesteven District Council again decided it could not sustain services if it did not make small annual increments in its charge.

Council Leader Coun Marion Brighton said: “By choosing to make a modest increase in our element of the Council Tax charge we will be able to build an extra £83,000 into a balanced budget going forward, building up our future resilience and strengthening our position to invest in the communities, economy and homes of North Kesteven.”

“We remain ever-mindful of our residents’ situation but given their continued, expressed satisfaction with the services we offer and the charges we make, it is clear that they appreciate our efforts in maintaining and developing services, investing locally and building strong, resilient and safe communities.”