VALE Royal Borough Council approved a Council Tax increase of 4.8% at a meeting of the full council on Thursday.
From April the tax for a Band D property in Vale Royal will be £1,171.42, an overall average rise of 5.2%, which equates to an increase of £1.10 per week for a Band D property.
The overall figure of £1,171.42 for a Band D property includes the Cheshire County Council precept of £887.46, the Fire Authority levy of £55.60 and the Cheshire Police Authority levy of £97.71. This is the first year the Fire Authority has shown its levy, which has reduced the county council's overall increase.
Council chiefs say the 4.8% rise agreed by Vale Royal Borough Council is consistent with its financial plan, which included a commitment to keep tax rises to 5% or below.
Cllr Les Ford, councillor for business management, said it was for the council to deliver on its low tax promise this year.
He said: 'The council was initially faced with a difficult financial position, mainly because we will receive a significantly reduced grant from central Government next year.
'Under the Government's new scheme, councils with expenditure problems will receive higher grants, at the expense of councils such as Vale Royal.
'The council's management team and lead councillors have identified a combination of efficiency savings and additional external funding sources in order to bridge the shortfall in the grant.
'Our diligent approach to managing financial hardship has meant we will not have to follow the county council's example and reduce service provisions. In fact, over the next year, we will be implementing an increased waste collection service and delivering a range of new services, including licensing and online payments.'