HOUSEHOLDERS in Huddersfield face a council tax rise of 3%.
Conservative councillors leading Kirklees Council have pledged to keep the increase in line with inflation -- after several years of inflation-busting rises. But their detailed spending plans to meet the new budget will not be unveiled until next week.
It will mean an annual increase ranging from £24.90 in Band A to £74.76 in Band H. The final bill will depend on the levies imposed by the West Yorkshire Police and Fire Authorities.
The first Kirklees Conservative Cabinet budget, which will also be the first in many years that will propose to limit the increase in the Council Tax bill to the rate of inflation, will be announced next Monday, Council Leader Clr Robert Light said today.
He said the proposal compares with the "tax to the hilt" strategy under the Liberal Democrats.
Council tax over the past six years has gone up by 37% while inflation over the same period amounted to just 13%.
Tories claim a budget strategy by the Cabinet to peg the Council's share of the tax bills to a 3% rise will mean a saving of between £15 and £47 compared with a 5% increase.
Clr Light added that for thousands of householders aged over 65 the saving would be even more, because their council tax bills would be frozen if the Cabinet's budget proposals to be announced next week are approved later next month.
Clr Light said: "Under Liberal Democrat control this council has been subjected to council tax rises continually above the rate of inflation.
"Even when the Labour Government threatened to cap the council they still taxed to the hilt and levied the maximum the Government would allow.
"Those days are gone.
"The Conservatives innovative Pensioner Reduction Scheme has already had more than 10,000 households where the bill payer is aged over 65 apply for the Council Tax reduction. The savings to them compared with the council's previous 5% council tax rise budget strategy will be between £40 and £120.
"This is a big boost which will help older households on fixed incomes to be protected from high council tax increases."
The final bill will depend on the levies imposed by the West Yorkshire Police and Fire Authorities.