COUNCIL tax payers in Solihull will see their bills increase by 4.5 per cent, it was confirmed this week.
The inflation-busting rise is slightly less than the 4.73 per cent predicted.
The hike was agreed by a majority of members at Monday’s meeting of Full Council.
It means homeowners living in Band D properties will pay around a £1 a week more.
Cllr Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council, said: “We are conscious of the pressures felt by families where there are job losses and we would have liked to bring in a lower increase.”
But Lib Dem leader Cllr Norman Davies, thought the rise was too steep.
“The people of Solihull will not thank the Conservatives for hitting them with a council tax rise considerably more than inflation.”
Council tax is a major source of revenue for the Council - accounting for 62 per cent of its budget.