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Council defends 'double' tax rise

Some council taxpayers in Lincolnshire could be facing nearly double the rise of others, new figures have revealed.

Householders in Lincoln may have to pay almost 4% more next year, compared to a 2% rise in West Lindsey.

Lincoln City Council said its proposed rise was well below the capping limit and was fair considering the size of the settlement from the government.

The county council's share, which makes up the largest part of the overall bill, is expected to rise by 2.5%.

PROPOSED TAX RISES
City of Lincoln Council - 3.94%
North Kesteven - 3.8%
South Kesteven - 3.5%
Boston Borough - 2.9%
South Holland - 2.75%
East Lindsey - 2.5%
West Lindsey - 2.0%
The Police Authority, which was involved in a dispute over a proposed 79% rise last year, is looking at an increase of between 3 and 5%.

The provisional figures were contained in a report discussed by a city council committee.

But the Conservative leader of City of Lincoln Council, Darren Grice, said they had not received as much money from the government as they wanted.

"All local authorities are facing difficult times obviously in this financial climate but our council tax has to be set as the conditions we have to face.

"We were given a poor settlement and that has a direct impact on what we can and what we cannot set our council tax at but it is substantially below 5%, which is what the government wants."

Increases to parking, cremation and pest control charges were also discussed at the meeting and will be passed on to the full council.

While admitting the settlement was low, the opposition Labour group said the situation had been made worse by the council not making savings in the past year.



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