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Milton Keynes Council proposes 1.95% council tax rise

Council tax could go up in Milton Keynes for the first time in three years.

In its draft budget for 2013/14, the council proposes an increase of 1.95% to raise £1.6m, which it said would add 42p per week to the tax of a band D property.

Increasing council rents by an average of just over £3 a week will also be considered.

Council leader Andrew Geary said raising tax was a "difficult choice".

He said Milton Keynes would continue to have one of the lowest council tax levels in the area and 1.95% is below the rate of inflation.

"Faced with significantly reduced government funding .... we believe it is the right thing to do," he said.

The council is making £16.7m of savings in 2013/14 but needs to find an additional £31m of savings over the next four years.

A consultation on the proposals starts on 29 November and final decisions will made in February 2013.

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