RESIDENTS in Wrexham face another significant increase in council tax, with a 7.1% hike expected this year.
Wrexham Council revealed last week a council tax rise in line with the National Assembly's target of a 5% increase, but the addition of a large police precept has led to a final figure of 7.1%.
The average charge for Band D properties will now be £910.59
Leader of Wrexham Council Shan Wilkinson admitted that resources were limited after the overspend on the superschools project, but said: 'We have budgeted for everything the Assembly requires us to do next year without having to make cuts to do it.
'We have also been able to deliver some local priorities and I am particularly pleased that we have managed to make a start on funding Neighbourhood Wardens whose task will be to make all of us feel safer in our communities.'
Deputy Leader, Alun Jenkins said: 'This settlement allows us to maintain our services and improvements made over recent years.
'I am pleased that we are also able to make a start on the public convenience strategy which was agreed last year by providing a 'superloo' at Island Green.
'There will also be substantial increases to primary schools at Key Stage 2 and the capital programme will benefit from further improvements to our roads and pavements.
'It is recognised that council taxes in general are too high and in that context Wrexham's council tax is very modest. But we are always looking at ways the burden can be transferred to other sources of income.'
But Erddig councillor Bob Dutton admitted the Independent Group was worried about the increase.
He said: 'We have supported the final analysis but are naturally concerned there is an increase way over the level of inflation.'