Even before the recession, many residents complained to me that Council Tax had become their biggest weekly bill. Those on fixed incomes like the elderly were particularly hard hit.
Since the Conservatives took control of the Council back in 2006, increases have been much lower - broadly been in line with inflation - but because Croydon has for many years got a raw deal in terms of funding from central government, they weren't able to cut bills in real terms.
In 2011-12, Croydon, in line with councils all around the country, will see a significant reduction in its grant as part of the Government's efforts to tackle the financial mess it inherited from Gordon Brown. As a result, councillors are going to have to take some tough decisions.
Despite this, my Conservative colleagues at the Town Hall have rightly concluded that in the current economic climate it would be wrong to have even a small increase in Council Tax. They have therefore announced that it will be frozen at last year's levels.
I know some people would be willing to pay a bit more to protect local services but with rising inflation, increases in some other taxes and cuts in some benefits as we come to terms with years of living beyond our means many people are really feeling the squeeze at the moment. The last thing those people need is a Council Tax increase. I think the Council has got this one spot on.