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Scottish Borders Council proposes 3% tax increase

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Scottish Borders Council's administration has said it intends to propose a 3% increase in council tax.

The move, which would follow a nine-year freeze, will be considered at its budget-setting meeting in February.

The local authority has estimated the increase would raise £1.5m towards funding its services.

The change would see payments for a band D property rise by £32.52 per year. Changes to council tax charges on second homes are also to be proposed.

Depute leader John Mitchell said: "The council anticipates a very challenging budget settlement and is proposing a 3% increase in council tax to offset the impact of funding reductions on the provision of services.

"By making this increase the council will raise an additional £1.5m a year, which is crucial to supporting our budget in these challenging times, especially as we expect a reduction in the funding we receive in the annual settlement from Holyrood."

The increase will be considered by the council on 9 February.

The council said that anticipated Scottish government changes to charges for more expensive properties would see costs rise further on band E to H properties.

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