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Council Tax Freeze in Conservative Budget Plans for York


3:10pm 25th February 2013
(Updated 3:11pm 25th February 2013)

Conservatives in York have unveiled their plans for the city's budget.

Council tax wouldn't go up as the party would accept the government's council tax freeze.

There would also be no new 20mph zones, with the money saved spent on filling in potholes on the city's roads.

Parking charges would not increase and there would also be no change in garden waste collections.

Parks in the city would continue to be locked at night as plans to keep them open would be cancelled.

The full list of proposals are below:

  • £1.4 million from Digital Media Centre moved to Guildhall to ensure continued effective use after council HQ move
  • £1 million a year for next four years for road maintenance. First two years paid for by £850,000 from Economic Infrastructure Fund and further £150,000 from Local Transport Fund for 20 mph zones.
  • No further 20mph zones and money saved to be spent on potholes.
  • Newgate Market and Re-Invigorate York schemes delayed for a year and then funded by Economic Infrastructure Fund.
  • Cut cabinet posts by three posts to save £44,000
  • Cut union facility time by £50,000
  • Move uncommitted budget to Delivery and Innovation Fund to save £737,000
  • Remove commitment to fund Innovation and Capital Programme to save £165,000
  • Reinstate £66,000 for park attendants to keep parks locked overnight
  • Keep Towthorpe Tip hours the same as the moment
  • Ditch plans to charge for the emptying of green waste collections at a cost of £220,000
  • Ditch plans to increase parking charges for residents and visitors at a cost of £175,000
  • Accept council tax freeze grant
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