COUNCIL tax bills in Kirklees could soar by 6.2% next spring - more than twice the rate of inflation.
Councillors have warned that bills will have to rise again because of Government capping on council spending.
And it means that some council services will have to slash their budgets.
But council leader Clr Kath Pinnock said the intention was to see safer communities, cleaner streets, a continued drive to improve social services for vulnerable people and a boost in services for young people.
Proposed levels would see the lowest council tax band at £769, with the highest paying £2,308.
She said that the initial budget strategy for next year would be put to the council's Cabinet tomorrow and reported to the council next week.
She said: "This is the starting point on which a great deal of work will focus between now and the final budget meeting next February.
"Council tax increases in Kirklees over the last three years have been the lowest of the five councils in West Yorkshire, and lower than 25 of the 36 Metropolitan Councils in England.
"The general thrust of the strategy for next year is based on a `standstill budget', although in real terms this will mean most council services having to make 2% reductions in their spending," she said.
"However, within that there will be priority areas for improvements and additional spending, principally community safety, environment issues, social services and young people's services.
"As always the level of Government support grants, and its formula for allocating them, will be crucial to the final council tax level.
"Those grants account for about 44% of the overall budget, with the national allocation of business rates accounting for a further 28%. This leaves 28% to be raised through the council tax," she said.
"In announcing its three year funding plans for local councils last year the Government based them on an assumed annual increase in council tax of 6.2%.
"This is our starting point for the council's share of overall bills and our budget for next year - which would add 93p a week to the average bill."
Clr Pinnock said the average council tax increase in England last year was almost 13%.
Council Tax: What it could cost (Band/Present/Increase/From April 2004)
(A / £724 / £45 / £769)
(B / £845 / 52 / £897)
(C / £966 / £60 / £1,026)
(D / £1,086 / £67 / £1,153)
(E / £1,328 / £82 / £1,410)
(F / £1,569 / £97 / £1,666)
(G / £1,811 / £113 / £1,924)
(H / £2,173 / £135 / £2,308)
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