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Aberdeenshire council tax to rise by 2.5% after budget passed

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Image caption This will be the first time in a decade that council tax bills have risen in Scotland

Aberdeenshire councillors have narrowly voted in favour of a 2.5% rise in council tax.

The SNP-led administration's budget was approved by 33 votes to 32 following two hours of debate.

Co-leader Richard Thomson told members he wants to use an extra £6m announced in the Scottish government's budget on a scheme to ease the impact of business rates rises.

The 2.5% council tax increase adds more than £28 to a Band D property.

Aberdeenshire council tax changes
Band 2016/17 2017/18 Increase
A £760.67 £779.69 £19.02
B £887.44 £909.63 £22.19
C £1,014.22 £1,039.58 £25.36
D £1,141.00 £1,169.53 £28.53
E £1,394.56 £1,536.63 £142.07
F £1,648.11 £1,900.48 £252.37
G £1,901.67 £2,290.32 £388.65
H £2,282.00 £2,865.34 £583.34

Higher band properties will see their charges rise more due to national changes agreed last year.

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