The average Scottish band D council tax in 1995-96 will be £708.27, compared with £668.41 in 1994-95 - a rise of 6%. The highest charge will be in Edinburgh at £827.36 and the lowest on the mainland will be £562 in Kincardine and Deeside.
Scottish secretary Ian Lang said the council tax figures showed councils had been crying wolf over this year's spending limit. Speaking at last week's COSLA conference he praised Stirling DC for reducing its council tax by 0.6%.
Mr Lang is yet to decide whether to cap Strathclyde RC after it transferred revenue to capital spending (LGC, 10 March).
Latest LGC/Capita survey figures show average band D council tax bills in England and Wales will increase by 5.2% to £597.76.
Liverpool City Council has set the highest band D tax so far at £962.68, up 11.1%.