RESIDENTS face another inflation-busting increase in their Council Tax.
A week after Cheshire County Council announced a 4.9% hike, Vale Royal and Congleton borough councils have announced rises of 4.2% and 5% respectively.
Though the rises are all above the rate of inflation, council bosses say they are pleased with the deals they have struck.
Leader of Vale Royal Borough Council Keith Musgrave said: 'I am delighted to announce that Vale Royal Borough Council continues to have the lowest Council Tax for a district council in Cheshire.
'Our sound financial management continues to pay dividends, allowing us to offer our residents the highest levels of service and performance whilst offering value for money.'
Congleton Borough Council says its increase is a 'quite remarkable' result given that Congleton was battling a crippling budget deficit this year.
Finance portfolio holder Edwin Lea said: 'This time last year, the forecast for 2006/2007 was a shortfall in the region of £2.1m. Through integrity, tenacity, intelligence and sheer determination from officers and councillors, we are now able to present the first break-even budget for this council in several years.'
Leader of the council Roland Domleo highlighted a number of benefits for local residents, such as free parking and the end of a £15-a-year charge for brown bins.
He said: 'It is pleasing that the dire prospects of having to close leisure facilities and civic halls to balance the budget have not come to pass.'
In addition to paying Council Tax for services provided by the borough, residents also pay for services provided by Cheshire County Council (up 4.9%), Cheshire Police Authority (up 5.7%), Cheshire Fire Authority (up 3%) and town and parish councils. In Vale Royal, the overall rise will have seen a typical Band D property increase from £1,209.33 last year, to £1,267.75 this.