Rates for householders have been increased in eight out of Northern Ireland’s 11 councils.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council had the largest increase for the second year in a row, setting a rate at 2.49%.
Three local authorities also chose to freeze their rates — Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Mid Ulster District Council and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
It follows a challenging year for local government with the pandemic increasing costs and cutting off revenue streams from leisure services.
The rates bill for householders and businesses in Northern Ireland are calculated by adding the district rate set by councils and the regional rate set by Stormont.
Last month, Finance Minister Conor Murphy announced that the regional rate for households and businesses will be frozen this year while pledging an extra £150m to compensate councils for losses in business rates.
New legislation also allowed councils to set different rates for households and businesses, but only Mid and East Antrim used this option.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council increased the district rate by 2.49%.
A council statement said it was necessary to protect services due to budgetary pressures including increased waste and insurance costs and the continued uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
For an average property (worth £161,000 in the council area) this will equate to an extra 30p per week or £15.60 a year.
Properties worth around £100,000 can expect to pay an extra £9.69 per year.
The council added that after taking account of the regional rate being frozen, this amounted to an increase of 1.1% for both domestic and business rates.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council agreed a district rates increase of 1.99%.
This means an increase in the average rates bill for households of around 19 pence per week, or £9.68 for the year.
Ards and North Down Borough Council agreed an increase of 2.2% for household and business rates.
A council statement said it was appreciated that any increase would be “difficult” for residents and businesses on top of the pressures caused by Covid-19.
“We welcome the move from Central Government to strike the regional rate at 0% for the coming financial year.
“This, along with the council’s rate, means an overall increase of less than 1% for households and businesses — equating to just less than £1 per month for the average household and less than £10 per month for the average business.”
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council agreed a 1.59% increase.
This will mean householders with a property valued at £100,000 will pay an extra £6.37 per year, or an extra 53 pence per month.
Council chairperson, SDLP councillor Laura Devlin, said reopening tourism and supporting businesses would be a priority for the year ahead.
In Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, a 1.37% increase was set meaning householders will pay an around £2.75 extra for the year, with businesses paying an average extra £1.04 per week or £54 for the year.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council were the only council to take advantage of new powers allowing them to set a different domestic and business rate, at 0.99% and 0.69% respectively.
The council said the slightly smaller increase for businesses was in recognition of the challenges as the economy recovers.
Belfast City Council set a district rate of 1.92%, noting it was kept below 2% for the seventh year in a row.
In real terms this means an average increase of £1 per month or £12 a year for domestic ratepayers, and an extra £11 per month for businesses or £132 a year.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council agreed a district rates increase of 2.48%.
This means an increase in the average rates bill for households of around 25 pence per week, or £11.77 for the year.
Ards and North Down Borough Council agreed an increase of 2.2%, predicting that the freeze in regional rates would mean an average extra cost of less than £1 a month for households and £10 per month for businesses.
Derry City and Strabane District Council set the district rate at 1.89%, calling it the lowest increase in the council area for almost 50 years.
When added to the regional rates freeze, the council said this would equate to an overall rates increase of 0.99%.
Householders will see the average rate increase by 18 pence per week or £9.16 a year.
In a closely contested vote, Mid Ulster District Council also agreed to freeze their district rate — one of three councils to do so.
Passing by 17 votes to 16, councillors backed the 0% rate after council officials had called for a 1.59% increase.
One council finance official told the meeting the freeze could mean a 5.38% increase is needed next year.
The DUP’s leader on the council, Paul McClean, said the freeze should be a ‘one-off’ to allow for post-pandemic recovery.
Freezing the district rate was a first for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough council took the decision to freeze the rate to help businesses and residents already struggling through the pandemic.