COUNCILLORS are expected to agree a council rise of almost five per cent at a meeting today (Wednesday).
Rotherham Borough Council is set to increase the levy by 4.99 per cent — just below the five per cent threshold for a local referendum.
The increase includes three per cent which is ring-fenced for adult social care and follows a 3.95 per cent total hike last year.
The move will generate a total of £95 million in council tax for RMBC for 2017/18 equivalent to 46 per cent of the revenue budget.
And it will mean band D properties paying £1,394 for the council’s services next year.
The council’s reserves stood at £99.7 million at the start of the current financial year last April.
Before Christmas, bosses proposed taking £5.2 million to help with budget pressures over the next two years.
Now, they are suggesting taking a further £5.3 million — mostly to help with children’s services.
Councillors will discuss the budget at full council meeting at Rotherham Town Hall at 2pm.
They will also be asked to back a campaign against the proposals to close Rotherham’s main town centre post office.