And now for the bad news. Kent Online reports that council taxpayers in Kent face an increase in their bills of 4.75 per cent this year - twice the rate of inflation.
Kent County Council, which accounts for the largest slice of the council tax, has proposed spending plans that will see average bills rising by £41 to £918 for those in homes in Band D.
The largest number of council taxpayers in Kent live in Band C homes and for them, bills will rise to £816, the equivalent of an additional 73 pence a week.
County Hall’s Conservative leaders say that while the rise is higher than they would have liked, their £1.3billion budget will safeguard key services and no jobs will be lost.
KCC says it has also managed to pare back spending on administration to save £35million and has set out plans to save a further £30million between now and 2008.
KCC’s budget will be agreed at a meeting in February. District and borough councils are expected to confirm their budgets in the newt few weeks. Full details of KCC’s plans can be seen at www.kent.gov.uk