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Council tax payers in Taunton Deane will have to pay almost 5 per cent more for services this year.
The authority is increasing its tax by 3.6 per cent with a further one and a quarter on top for the new Somerset Rivers Authority.
Cllr Dick Tonge, CON, Wiltshire
The region's largest local authority has announced it is putting up rates by the maximum 4%.
People in Wiltshire will see a 2% rise in council tax and another 2% on top as part of a social care levy. It will mean a band D bill will increase to £1270.
Wiltshire Council also announced it wants to make £25 million worth of savings in the next year.
Bath and North East Somerset has announced a rise in council tax for the first time in six years.
The 1.25 per cent rise has been dubbed a "last resort", and councillors say it will protect frontline services and help meet the rising cost of caring for an aging population.
Alongside a need to save more than £40million over the next four years, in December B&NES Council learnt it had to identify a further £3.6million worth of savings in the coming year alone.
The council's cabinet has now proposed the 1.25 per cent rise - which would raise almost to £1million - ahead of it meeting on February 10 to set the 2016/17 budget.
The cabinet's proposals will enable the protection of core frontline services such as:
- Children and youth services, including children's centres and child protection services.
- Adult social care services.
- Street cleaning, waste recycling, environmental health services, and public toilets.
- Planning, regeneration and business support.
- Leisure services, including planned investment in new leisure facilities in Bath and Keynsham.