THE council tax bill on an average Band D property in Redditch is to rise to £1,725 for 2018/19.
The increase comes after the borough council agreed a 2.99 per cent increase in its take at the full council meeting on Monday evening.
Redditch is the council tax collecting authority for the area even though the bulk of the money goes to County Hall.
It means an extra 13p a week on average for council tax payers in the borough as the authority’s proportion of the council tax rises from £227.21 in 2017/18 to £234 for the forthcoming financial year.
The lion’s share of council tax goes to Worcestershire County Council which put in a 4.94 per cent increase in the council tax putting £57.07 more on an average property, equivalent to more than £1 a week for Redditch householders, taking the county’s proportion from £1,155.31 to £1,212.38.
Police and fire authority also increased their take on the council tax.
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia John Campion put in a 3.94 per cent increase – an extra 14p per week for Redditch residents, taking its share to £197.07 for an average Redditch property.
Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue increased its take by 2.98 per cent, taking it from £79.53 to £81.90, equivalent to an extra four and a half pence per week for local households.
However there was good news for residents in Feckenham where the parish councillors agreed a 2.47 cut in their precept from £22.85 to £22.30 for 2018/19 which, added to the average for a Band D property, means the villagers will pay £1,747.65 in the forthcoming financial year.