Senior councillors in North Yorkshire have agreed a two per cent hike in council tax bills, which will mean those living in a Band D property will pay around another £21 a year.
Members of North Yorkshire County Council rubberstamped a budget that will lead to radical changes in services in order to bring about “unprecedented” levels of savings.
However councillors also voted against awarding themselves a one per cent increase in their allowances.
At its quarterly meeting last week, the council supported an amendment from the council’s leader, Cllr John Weighell, proposing there should be no allowance increase.
“At a time when the authority is being forced to make significant savings across the board - some of which will inevitably impact on front-line services - it would be wholly inappropriate for us to award ourselves an increase,“ he said.
Members of the council agreed to a recommendation from its executive committee for a 1.99 per cent increase - the maximum the Government said it could raise council tax without triggering a costly referendum. North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have also agreed to a 1.99 per cent increase in council tax, while Ryedale District Council was expected to approve a freeze in its share last night.