Comparisons between Sunderland and England's 35 other similar sized Metropolitan areas, such as in Manchester, Merseyside and South Yorkshire, show that 11 of them had higher council tax rises.
Local government finance experts think city bills could shoot up though over the next two years.
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However, the vast majority of homes in the city, 92,000 out of nearly 119,000 eligible properties, are in bands A and B and pay much less.
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Band A bills for Sunderland, excluding Hetton, are 768.87p from April.
The average Metropolitan Band D bill is 1,190 compared to Sunderland's 1,154.
D properties are billed for 1,154.
In the North East, though it did not have the highest increase, Sunderland's 4.8 per cent rise was far from being the lowest as Liberal Democrat controlled Newcastle put bills up by just two per cent the third lowest increase in the country.
In analysing the figures Steve Freer, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), said: "All councils have clearly worked overtime to try to limit increases to modest levels."
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Bills this year have been kept down by extra Government cash and, in the run up to a General Election, threats from ministers to limit politically sensitive rises.
The city council has just agreed a 4.8 per cent rise at its big budget meeting.
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Opposition parties have warned that bills look likely to rocket after the next elections. The Government says the bills are the lowest rises in10 years.
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Householders could also see bills soar as a re evaluation of property prices for 2007 gets underway.
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