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People living in Liverpool City Region are facing a higher council tax bill to pay for the running costs of its mayor.
Mayor Steve Rotheram is proposing a precept which will see most residents paying between £12.67 and £38 a year on top of their existing council tax, depending on which band their property is in.
The bill for his first year as mayor was paid for by the six local authorities of the city region, which cannot afford to repeat the outlay this year.
"In the face of continuing austerity, we cannot expect our six local authorities to carry on funding the combined authority," said Mr Rotheram
Sefton Council has withdrawn a £50 fine given to an 80-year-old woman for walking her dog on a lead that was too long.
The authority said the fixed penalty notice, issued by enforcement officers in Bootle Cemetery, was correctly issued as dog leads should be less than two meters long.
Maureen Sanders, who has mobility issues, said she wasn't aware of the rules and was trying to allow rescue dog Soren as much freedom as possible.
A spokesman said Sefton Council had changed its mind "in light of the concerns raised".