Cabinet Recommends a Council Tax Increase
It should be no surprise, that Cornwall Council’s Cabinet agreed with its draft budget of raising Council Tax by 1.97% for 2013/14. The soon to be departing Chief Exec added to the point that if you do not increase the Council Tax, you will have to make serious cuts to front-line services. These recommendations, and any further amendments will be decided by the full council on the 12th February.
However, the bizarre scene at the Cabinet meeting was the Portfolio Holder for Finance refusing to support what is seen as ‘her’ budget. Rumours had said this Portfolio Holder was working on her own budget which would have seen a 0% rise. This failed to materialise today, and in a read between-the-lines statement from this Portfolio Holder they could not make the proposals work.
Credit should go for attempting to look into this, but in doing so I think a lot of damage has been done to the working relationship in the Cabinet. It was apparent that many of the other Portfolio Holder’s were not happy with a ‘raid’ on their portfolios to make a 0% rise work.
The budget proposals were finally approved by a majority of seven, with the Portfolio Holder’s for Finance and Economy both abstaining.