The Tories have agreed to hike council tax by an inflation-busting 3.99% in Walsall as residents feel the full force of Conservative cuts.
The rise will see an average Band D property owner pay more than £60 extra on their council tax bill.
The move comes as the Tories are set to slash Walsall’s budget, bringing total cuts in the borough to an eye-watering £190million since 2010.
In 2014 Tory Council Leader Cllr Mike Bird stated: “I think it is wrong to increase council tax when you are reducing services”.
Cllr Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Labour Group, said:
“For a long time Walsall has suffered the sharp end of Tory cuts to services.
“Now they’re footing the bill for Tory financial mismanagement at Walsall Council.
“An increase in council tax of £60 means a lot to cash-strapped families across the borough.
“And when council services are being slashed across Walsall it is an insult to taxpayers to be asked to clean up the Tories mess.
“Under Labour Walsall balanced the books, stabilising council finances and preparing our borough for the future.
“Only a vote for Labour councillors in May’s local elections will put Walsall back on the right track.”