Boston Borough Council is asking residents and businesses to share their views on the Council’s next budget, following the launch of the budget consultation this month.
Next month, Councillors will have to set a budget for the 2021/22 financial year. This includes a Council Tax budget increase of 2.57%, which represents a 9.5p a week increase for the average band D property, almost 90 per cent of properties are rated below this and will pay less.
Whilst we have continued to provide support for those who need it since the start of the pandemic, the full economic effects of coronavirus on our communities have not yet been fully felt. Therefore, the council’s initial focus for the 2021/22 budget is to secure the authority’s financial position, allowing us to continue to deliver the services which have been so relied upon during this difficult year.
The council will also continue to invest in projects that accelerate economic recovery, whilst continuing to support local residents, businesses and communities.
To have your say on the Council’s next budget please complete the online survey at www.mybostonuk.com/consultation or request a paper copy to be sent out by calling 01205 314269. The survey closes on Friday 19th February 2021.
Cllr Jonathan Noble, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Commercial, said: “The requirement for Council services continues to increase and so does the cost of delivering them. We are also in the middle of the Coronavirus epidemic and we still don’t yet know the full financial impact of this epidemic’.
“As a Council we cannot achieve our objectives to make Boston a better place to live, work and visit without the support of our residents; this is your chance to advise how the Council spends its resources, shape what we do in the future and help us protect the services we all value.
“I hope as many residents, businesses and partners as possible will complete this survey to have their say on the important job of setting a balanced budget.”