East Lindsey District Council is asking local people for their views on spending priorities for the 2013/14 financial year.
This financial year - 2012/13 - the district council has a net revenue budget of £18m to provide a range of services.
The services include some which legally, the council has to provide and a range it opts to provide as an addition.
Services the council provides by law are refuse collection and recycling (green waste collection is not mandatory), street cleaning, planning services, tlections and elected member services, homelessness and housing advice.
The list also features building control, housing and council tax benefit, community safety (working in partnership to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and reduce re-offending)
food safety and water sampling, environmental health, health and safety and licensing.
The discretionary services include economic development, car parking, council markets, sport and leisure facilities, health, arts and event activities, the Kingfisher Caravan Park, public toilets, parks and gardens, grants, tourism promotion, local customer contact centres, green waste collection and closed circuit television (CCTV).
Seventy one per cent of the money the council has to provide these services comes directly from Central Government and 29% is raised locally through council tax.
People living in the ELDC area currently pay the 10th lowest council tax ratein the country at £9.37 per month (average Band D) and the lowest rate in Lincolnshire.
Like families, ELDC - and many Local Authorities - face budget pressures. For the past two years, the council has needed to make savings totalling £4.85m due to reductions in Government funding and increased costs associated with the services it provides, such as fuel for vehicles.
In 2013/14, the council expects to need to make a further saving of £1.2m from its £18m budget.
Until November 23, local people can tell the Council their service priorities as part of a District-wide consultation.
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor John Upsall, said: “It is really important that people living in East Lindsey take this opportunity to help shape our future spending priorities.
“It’s a tough time for local government finances and we need feedback from the community as part of this consultation to ensure we’re spending the money we have where it is most needed. Councillors have been clear that in making savings our number one priority is to protect services to local people.”
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