Anger over £5 council tax rise plan

Anger over £5 council tax rise plan

Anger over £5 council tax rise plan

First published in Romsey

ROMSEY’s mayor has slammed the Tory-controlled Test Valley Borough Council’s plans to impose a 4.1 per cent council tax increase on borough residents.

Mark Cooper, who is a borough Lib Dem councillor, said the proposal was “completely out of step with other councils” and his party colleagues were not happy about it.

Mr Cooper added that Hampshire County Council and Romsey Town Council are not increasing their council tax levies.

He also stressed that Liberal Democrat controlled Valley Park Parish Council is reducing its tax level by six per cent.

Mr Cooper, who warned that if the 4.1 per cent increase is agreed at Test Valley’s full council meeting today, the authority will lose a £60,000 grant from the Government.

However, borough cabinet spokesman for economics Peter Giddings said the £60,000 from the Government’s Communities secretary Eric Pickles, was only “an incentive aimed at getting local authorities to freeze council tax and the cash is only for a two year period.

“Our £5 a year increase will bring in an extra £250,000 and it will be permanent. Test Valley’s Band-D charge of the council tax bill is less than one per cent of total bill ( average £1,400 a year Band-D charge,” said Mr Giddings.

Mr Cooper’s view is that the borough should dip into its cash reserves and use that instead of inflicting more hardship on Test Valley residents.

“The Borough has £10,673,000 in earmarked reserves and an additional £64,000,000 in investments.

“It is absolutely inexcusable to charge every Band-D council tax payer an extra 4.1 per cent. Liberal Democrat Councillors will be urging TVBC to step in line with Hampshire and Romsey and go for a zero increase.”

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7:41am Fri 22 Feb 13

freemantlegirl2 says...

£5.00 increase a year to be able to maintain a service! why on earth are people complaining; if only other councils would do it! and make it £10 a year instead. 10p more a week! good grief that's going to stretch the budget!....
£5.00 increase a year to be able to maintain a service! why on earth are people complaining; if only other councils would do it! and make it £10 a year instead. 10p more a week! good grief that's going to stretch the budget!.... freemantlegirl2
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11:14am Fri 22 Feb 13

hulla baloo says...

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
£5.00 increase a year to be able to maintain a service! why on earth are people complaining; if only other councils would do it! and make it £10 a year instead. 10p more a week! good grief that's going to stretch the budget!....
Look at the reserves they have. No council should be sitting on a cash pile like that, after all, it is the publics money. They are well able to fund the 250,000 needed from what they already have.
[quote][p][bold]freemantlegirl2[/bold] wrote: £5.00 increase a year to be able to maintain a service! why on earth are people complaining; if only other councils would do it! and make it £10 a year instead. 10p more a week! good grief that's going to stretch the budget!....[/p][/quote]Look at the reserves they have. No council should be sitting on a cash pile like that, after all, it is the publics money. They are well able to fund the 250,000 needed from what they already have. hulla baloo
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