In reply to Richard Houle’s letter in The Standard last week (where he asked if opposition councillors were asking the cost of benefits should fall on taxpayers – Ed) the answer to his question is ‘No’.
No member of the opposition proposed a new Council Tax scheme where present 100 PER CENT Council Tax rebates would continue (Although I believe such is the choice in Lincoln City).
The schemes put forward by the opposition in Boston borough were of a graduated variety with those of working age apparently less able to pay the tax to be offered larger rebates than those seemingly more able to absorb such increases.
It was proposed that budget differences (£18-£24,000) arising from such a plan would be met initially – 2013/14 – from our £1.653m reserves, not by an extra payment from other council tax payers.
This would give the council an opportunity to evaluate such a scheme in practice with all its ramifications before next year’s budget setting.
There are also some similar unknowns to the scheme that has been adopted which will lead to similar need of evaluation before next year.
I thank Richard and Wendy Houle for this opportunity to explain, not just to them, but to others in the borough who may have been mistaken in their understanding of what the opposition was proposing re t Boston’s new council tax scheme.
Coun Richard Leggott