No need for rise

No need for rise

No need for rise

First published in Letters by

YET again, Labour leader Councillor Alexander tries to blame others for his own mistakes. This time over Labour’s decision to turn down a government grant and increase council tax by nearly two per cent (The Press, March 20).

As my budget amendment showed, there was be no need to make cuts to fund a council tax freeze.

This year alone, Labour increased reserves to £7.3million while putting away millions more in secret funds (EIF, DIF and the Venture Fund).

Our plan would have put less into reserves and used the money to fund a freeze; money into the back pockets of residents, not into council coffers.

We would still have left reserves over £400,000 above minimum prudent levels – giving the council the ability to cope with financial risks.

Labour’s rejection of our plans should come as no surprise: helping residents by freezing council tax and investing in frontline services is not a priority.

Instead, Coun Alexander borrows to fund city-centre vanity projects and racks up reserves while raising council tax and cutting front-line services.

This might suit his paymasters in London – trying to cast the coalition government as the bogeyman for cuts – but it is not fooling people in York.

Coun Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for finance, Galtres Road, York.

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12:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

York_Jester says...

It's nice to know that you promise to save York residents £3 a month. While at the same time taking the money from other taxes. It's not really much of a difference is there?

Also, why would anyone beleive anything that comes from your party? We all know you have trouble sticking to your promises when you get a taste of power.

History tells us your party seems to confuse "free" with "triple the current charge". God knows what a tax freeze really means...
It's nice to know that you promise to save York residents £3 a month. While at the same time taking the money from other taxes. It's not really much of a difference is there? Also, why would anyone beleive anything that comes from your party? We all know you have trouble sticking to your promises when you get a taste of power. History tells us your party seems to confuse "free" with "triple the current charge". God knows what a tax freeze really means... York_Jester
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8:22am Wed 26 Mar 14

perplexed says...

Shameless electioneering from a party which knows no shame.
Shameless electioneering from a party which knows no shame. perplexed
  • Score: 8

11:47am Wed 26 Mar 14

Kelvar says...

I will never, ever again, trust anything that comes out of the mouth (or anything written) of a Lib Dem Councillor, MP, MEP, or Deputy Prime Minister
I will never, ever again, trust anything that comes out of the mouth (or anything written) of a Lib Dem Councillor, MP, MEP, or Deputy Prime Minister Kelvar
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