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In quotes: Council tax freeze
Most local authorities expect to freeze council tax when budgets are set later this month, a BBC Scotland survey has discovered.

A total of 24 of Scotland's thirty two council leaders said bills would "definitely" or "almost definitely" stay the same in their area.

Here is what some senior councillors have said about the plans:

STEVE CARDOWNIE, CITY OF EDINBURGH

I can say with a great degree of certainty there will be no council tax increase in the city of Edinburgh this year

PETER JOHNSTON, WEST LOTHIAN

There will be a council tax freeze in West Lothian. It's a no-brainer

DAVE BERRY, EAST LOTHIAN

Personally, I think it's a good thing to look at and we're looking very hard at it

STEPHEN McCABE, INVERCLYDE

We've still got to make up our mind

KATE DEAN, ABERDEEN

I would be very surprised if there's anything other than a freeze

DAVID O'NEILL, NORTH AYRSHIRE

We are working towards a zero increase in the council tax

BOB MYLES, ANGUS

The implications of not going for a council tax freeze are pretty dire

ALEX MAcDONALD, WESTERN ISLES

If I were a betting man, I'd say there will be a council tax freeze

IAIN ROBERTSON, WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

We've already committed ourselves to deliver a budget that will give a council tax freeze

DAVID PARKER, SCOTTISH BORDERS

The Borders council tax will not increase next year

PAT WATTERS, CONVENTION OF SCOTTISH LOCAL AUTHORITIES

I think there are authorities struggling with the idea. I think authorities consider that the money was theirs in the first place. [BUT] Many authorities will be going along and trying to get a council tax freeze


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