COUNCIL tax bills in Kirklees look set to rise by almost 6%.
Provisional figures out today reveal householders' average weekly bills for public services are to go up by £1.
Those 5.9% increases mean people living in Band D properties in Kirklees can expect to pay an extra £64 per year, from the current £1,086 to £1,150.
Homeowners in Band A will pay £767, rather than £724.
Residents in the district's largest houses will see bills rise from £2,173 to £2,300 - £127 more.
The tax levels will be finalised at the council's budget meeting on Wednesday, March 3.
Before that, at a special meeting of the Kirklees Cabinet on Wednesday, council leader Kath Pinnock will outline how safer communities, cleaner streets, better social services and extra provisions for young people will be the major spending priorities for the next financial year.
Key areas for investment include more than doubling the numbers of police community support offices on the streets.
In addition, a clean-up team will tackle all graffiti, while there will also be a clampdown on anti-social behaviour.
Extra cash is to go to youth centres and recreational facilities, while schools and education will continue to benefit.
Further investment in services for older people will be part of an £8m boost over the next three years.
Although extra income will be generated, most council departments have been told to shave 2% off their costs.
Under the new figures, the council's share of the tax will rise by 75p a week, or 4.9%. That is just below Prime Minister Tony Blair's expected limit of 5%.
He wants to rein in uncontrolled, year-on-year rises for front-line services.
Clr Pinnock said the final bills would largely be affected by charges imposed by West Yorkshire fire and police authorities.
"It is very disappointing that after inflicting increases of 29% and 17% respectively last year, the West Yorkshire fire and police authorities are once again planning to impose hefty rises," said Clr Pinnock.
On the council's element of the budget, Clr Pinnock added: "We have received an increase in Government support this year - but it still falls well short of giving Kirklees residents a fair deal compared with neighbouring councils."
She went on: "Our council tax payers are being short-changed by many millions of pounds compared with some of our neighbours."
Clr Pinnock also said council tax increases in Kirklees over the last three years had been the lowest of the five major councils in West Yorkshire.
The rises had also been lower than 25 of the 36 metropolitan councils in England.