THE MAJORITY of residents in Hyndburn will pay an extra £68.66 in council tax next year - a hike of almost 10 per cent.
Hyndburn Council's Cabinet approved plans to increase its share of the council tax by 4.9 per cent, meaning a rise of £5.48 for those living in Band A properties, during a budget meeting this week.
Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Police Authority also separately announced increases to their shares of the council tax, bringing the total rise up to 9.38 per cent.
Around 60 per cent of properties in Hyndburn are in Band A and their bills will go up from £732.21 to £800.87. Those in Band D properties will pay a total of £1,201 compared to last year's figure of £1,098.
The increase for Hyndburn Council was the result of a ground-breaking consultation exercise with residents earlier this year, but the opposition says the turnout at special area council meetings on the issue had been "dismal" and didn't accurately reflect people's views.
- Full details in this week's Observer