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Edinburgh Council tax bills rise by 3%

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A £12m refurbishment of North Bridge is part of spending plans for Edinburgh after councillors agreed to put up council tax bills by 3%.

City of Edinburgh Council will also spend £7.8m to address the costs from rising school rolls and an extra £2.5m to spend on roads and pavements.

Councillors also agreed an updated 2016-20 Business Plan for the council.

This year City of Edinburgh Council has a budget of £968m while making savings of £38m.

During 2017/18 the council will deliver several key projects, including beginning construction on an additional school in South Edinburgh and a new Meadowbank sports centre.

Alasdair Rankin, the City of Edinburgh Council's convener of finance and resources committee, said: "In 2016 we approved a four-year budget framework which drew on feedback and ideas from the public, and this year's budget continues to reflect residents' priorities.

"Despite an uncertain financial climate we have set a balanced budget for Edinburgh, as well as securing funds for several major projects throughout the city."

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