Skegness Town Council has agreed to increase its council tax precept by almost eight per cent next year despite its ‘best efforts’ not to.
The increase, which is the equivalent to around five pence per week for an average band D property, was agreed by councillors at last Wednesday’s meeting.
Coun Steve Kirk explained that attempts to retain a zero increase by moving money from reserves and cutting expenditure proved unattainable.
He said: “It’s with sadness that I’ve to approve that 7.9 per cent increase but in my heart I know it has to be done.”
A previous proposed budget, which would have required a 20 per cent precept increase was avoided following a number of reductions recommended by the council’s business and resources committee.
Councillors also approved a £3124 increase to their Christmas illuminations budget to provide an extra tree and lighting in High Street.
A further £10,000 will be taken from council reserves to enable the council to become an incubator for local businesses and support economic development.
Town clerk Steve Larner warned councillors that a ten per cent reduction in government grants paid to East Lindsey District Council may yet alter the precept if it decided to pass on the extra costs to town and parish councils within the district.