The Battle of the 0% Council Tax Budgets
On the 26th February, Cornwall Council will set its budget and Council Tax rate for 2013/14. The meeting is likely to be lively. One reason is there is an election looming on 2nd May, and each political party will be setting out their stalls on who is best for Cornwall.
Today, both the Liberal Democrats and a sect of the Conservatives announced their alternative budget which would see a 0% increase in Council Tax. Currently, the Cabinet has recommended a rise of 1.97%.
Furthermore, It is very strange that the Conservatives have in essence two budgets. You would think they would be able to talk amongst themselves and come to a common purpose on the Council Tax. Or are the different factions within the Conservatives just unable to bury the hatchet in a peaceful way, rather than in each others backs?
The debate will no doubt centre on whose 0% budget is best. However, if there is common ground, maybe a joint budget could be submitted? After all, I believe all Councillors whats best for Cornwall and which keeps services running on a financially sound footing. So why not come together, or is May 2nd just too close?
My stance and how I will vote at this meeting will be looking at the main proposals and the various alternatives to see what is actually best for Cornwall; not what looks good on an election leaflet.