A council tax increase of 3% will not be put forward by any party at Aberdeen City Council’s budget tomorrow.
Councils can raise council tax by 3% for the first time in nine years following a council tax freeze.
The local authority’s SNP group, the Labour-led administration and the Liberal Democrat group have each confirmed they will not propose the increase within their respective budgets.
Local authorities can raise council tax by up to 3% for the first time in nine years following a council tax freeze.
The council’s SNP group, the Labour-led administration and the Liberal Democrat group have each confirmed they will not propose the increase within their respective budgets.
The Granite City’s funding will be reduced by 4.54%.
Council officers had said a 3% council tax increase across all bands A to H was an option that was available to councillors in order to make up the shortfall.
Aberdeen SNP has said that due to the Scottish Government’s funding allocation, this tax rise “does not need to be taken”.
SNP group leader councillor Stephen Flynn said: “We set out with a clear aim to protect families and front-line services from any unnecessary budget impacts and the reality is that we can do that without the need to raise council tax.
“We are putting forward a balanced budget that protects public services, invests in the future of the city whilst at the same time not putting up the bills of everyone in Aberdeen.”
Finance convener Willie Young said the Labour-led administration budget will have “no increase in council tax”.
Councillor Ian Yuill, leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group, said: “We will not be proposing a council tax increase.
“That’s never been part of our plans.
“People in bands E to H will already be hammered by an increase.”
Any rise would have come on top of an additional £5.9m anticipated through Scottish Government legislation which affects bands E to H.
Aberdeenshire Council introduced a 3% increase across all bands at its budget earlier this month.
City councillors will meet tomorrow to agree the budget.