Parties split over council tax riseBy Jon Nurse
February 28, 2013
Political parties were split over plans to raise council tax.
An increase of 1.9 per cent was agreed at a full council meeting on Thursday, but eight Liberal Democrats voted against the budget.
Councillor David Lee, leader of the council, said: “The last few and indeed future years have and will continue to be difficult and this budget will unfortunately increase the average household council tax by £23, or 45p per week. We would have preferred to be in a position to be recommending a zero increase budget tonight, but this would have been a short-sighted approach, against the interests and wishes of our residents and would not have allowed us to achieve our desire to invest for the future security of all our borough residents.”
Council tax is up for the first time in three years after the council turned down a Government freeze grant. The borough’s share of overall Council Tax is £1,222.50 for Band D .