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Conservatives urge Labour to Freeze Council Tax in York


1:25pm 24th January 2012

The Conservative Group on York Council has launched a petition, calling for York to join the many councils who have decided to freeze the level of their council tax. Taking such a decision would also enable the city to benefit from an additional £1.8 million of government money.

The petition urges York Council to commit to a freezing of York’s council tax, when they are setting the budget for the next financial year.

In February councillors will vote on next year’s budget and the level of council tax. In these economic circumstances it is only right the council should closely manage its finances in the way taxpayers are having to. If York Council committees to freezing council tax, the city will benefit from a 2.5% grant given by the government; which is money York would otherwise miss out on. We hope at the budget meeting councillors will freeze council tax, to help ease the strain on council taxpayers.

Conservative Group Leader Ian Gillies said:

"Councillor Alexander has a simple choice. Accept the Government money or pass the financial burden on to the Council Tax payers of York, and continue the Labour trait of tax and spend."

Conservative Spokesman on Corporate Services Chris Steward said:

"Due to the mess left by James Alexander’s friends in the last Labour government, ordinary people are suffering. By taking up the government offer, the council can ensure council tax is frozen and help people. We will see if James Alexander is ready to truly listen to residents’ wishes." 

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