Scottish Borders set for council tax hike

Residents in the Borders face a three per cent council tax rise from February Credit: Press Association

Borderers are set to face a council tax rise next year.

Scottish Borders Council will be proposing a three per cent increase which it says will raise £1.5million towards the cost of funding council services.

The increase would result in Band D council tax rising by £32.52 per year. There will also be a proposal around a change to council tax charged on second homes.

While Scottish Borders Council is proposing a three per cent increase across the board, which will be considered at the budget setting meeting on 9 February, the Scottish Government is also making changes to council tax charges for more expensive properties.

The result of this will be that properties in Bands E to H will experience an increase in council tax, in addition to the proposed three per cent increase by SBC.