Tax rise error?

I WAS reading the Cambs Times today and was quite pleased to see that Fenland District Council, according to the article on page 26, was a council tax rise below inflation at 3.9 per cent. However, in the same paper on page 64 the Fenland District Council

I WAS reading the Cambs Times today and was quite pleased to see that Fenland District Council, according to the article on page 26, was a council tax rise below inflation at 3.9 per cent.

However, in the same paper on page 64 the Fenland District Council notice of council tax for 2008/2009 shows the rise is not 3.9 per cent at all for us in Whittlesey and works out to be 4.9 per cent (below inflation?)

Do councils think that we are idiots quoting something that simply is not true or is the article quoting 3.9 per cent an error?

MRS DEBBIE PALMER

Via E-mail

Reply from the council:

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It is due to the Council Tax Bill being made up of a number of different organisations' elements of the council tax rise.

The total bill an individual pays is made up of: county council - over 80% of the bill - Fenland, Cambridgeshire Police, Cambs Fire and town or parish element. All raise their bit by an individually set increase.

We try to make the point that the bill we send out covers all of these other organisations and we are only "responsible" for our bit. This is going up by only 3.9% - the lowest percentage increase.