Tax rise of 6% rejected
COUNCILLORS have rejected a proposal to consider raising council tax by 6 per cent to limit the damage caused by budget cuts.
In a recorded vote, Cornwall Council members backing the motion to propose 6 per cent as an alternative to a 1.97 per cent rise were outnumbered by more than two to one.
In an often heated debate, councillors heard only a council tax rise of 19 per cent would offset the damage caused by £24 million of cuts planned for the forthcoming year.
The Cabinet's proposal of 1.97 per cent, to be considered by the full council next month, would increase council tax by 47p a week for Band D, while one of 6 per cent would lead to a £1.44-a-week rise.
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Those in favour, led by Bob Egerton, argued a 6 per cent rise would reduce the impact of the cuts.
"The Cabinet has offered a 1.97 per cent rise," said Mr Egerton. "It is based on what they think is a political reality. This option involves massive cuts to services across all directorates. Six per cent would still entail cuts in council services ... but it will enable us to have at least £8 million more in the revenue budget, not only next year but in subsequent years."
However, council leader John Pollard said he believed those who wanted a larger increase would eventually coalesce around 2 per cent. "I believe the public will accept it; I believe it's the best we can achieve," he said.
"I ask the council to support the idea that 2 per cent is achievable and risk-free."
The council will consider raising council tax by 1.97 per cent on November 26.