The Government announced its settlement with England's local authorities today.
The bad news: the central government grant to local councils is being heavily slashed.
The good news (for councils): they can offset some of those losses by putting up council tax.
Councils have been told they can now increase the local tax by up to 2% each year (any level above this requires a local referendum).
In addition, the chancellor announced in the Autumn Statement that local authorities who run social care services can increase council tax by another 2%.
The social care precept is expected to add £23 per year to bills for the average Band D property.
So in some local authority areas council taxpayers could see bills rise by as much as 4% in 2016/17.
Council tax payers are increasingly being asked to fill part of the black hole left by cuts in the central government grant.
But when inflation - as announced this week - is running at 0.1%, it means some English councils will be increasing council tax by 40 times the rate of CPI inflation.
In a statement to ITV News, Local Government Secretary Greg Clark said: