Colchester's council tax plans to be unveiled next week

Gazette: Colchester's council tax plans to be unveiled next week Colchester's council tax plans to be unveiled next week

COLCHESTER Council will reveal next Tuesday whether they plan to introduce a council tax hike.

Last month the authority revealed it hoped to increase its portion of the council tax bill by 1.95 per cent.

However, at the time it was unclear whether a government ruling that any increase of 2 per cent or more would need a referendum to before it could go ahead would be reduced to 1.5 per cent.

As a result, the Lib Dem, Labour and independent administration voted at a cabinet meeting to hedge its bets by also proposing a council tax freeze.

On Wednesday, communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles announced the limit would remain at 2 per cent.

In a statement, the authority said a final proposal would be revealed next Tuesday, ahead of a full council vote on Wednesday, February 19.

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4:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Another reason to get rid of the awful Lib/Lab/Highwoods coalition that we have at CBC!!!!
Another reason to get rid of the awful Lib/Lab/Highwoods coalition that we have at CBC!!!! AngryManNewTown

5:43pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

But Mr Angry would it make any difference what combination of parties controlled the council? I have not heard one of the councillors speak out against any increase. The local authorities face an annual reduction in government grants and huge commitments. It would be easy to have a referendum to establish public priorities but that would inevitably result in mercy killings of the half dead white elephants in the "cultural quarter".
But Mr Angry would it make any difference what combination of parties controlled the council? I have not heard one of the councillors speak out against any increase. The local authorities face an annual reduction in government grants and huge commitments. It would be easy to have a referendum to establish public priorities but that would inevitably result in mercy killings of the half dead white elephants in the "cultural quarter". Hamiltonandy

10:51pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

Why does the Gazette always exaggerate with inflammatory language? A 'hike' would be a big rise and whatever it is it certainly won't be that.
Why does the Gazette always exaggerate with inflammatory language? A 'hike' would be a big rise and whatever it is it certainly won't be that. Reginald47

11:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Why does the Gazette always exaggerate with inflammatory language? A 'hike' would be a big rise and whatever it is it certainly won't be that.
it may be OK for you reg but some of us find it hard to for veg ...reg?

a lot of grey rinser s and punters on the rock and roll pay very little if nothing at all?

Team Teflon and The Slippery squad, are out to Grease us all,

just because the Killian Brigade stuffed us at their end at ECC.

£2,000 a year is a lot of gravy for me to find, to keep the Public Sector P**S
Takers in work and their M&S Lunch packs.

Oh well line up for your Thompies Holiday brochures and you might as well put that order in for your new Mondeo......

YOU KNOW YOURE WORTH IT?
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Why does the Gazette always exaggerate with inflammatory language? A 'hike' would be a big rise and whatever it is it certainly won't be that.[/p][/quote]it may be OK for you reg but some of us find it hard to for veg ...reg? a lot of grey rinser s and punters on the rock and roll pay very little if nothing at all? Team Teflon and The Slippery squad, are out to Grease us all, just because the Killian Brigade stuffed us at their end at ECC. £2,000 a year is a lot of gravy for me to find, to keep the Public Sector P**S Takers in work and their M&S Lunch packs. Oh well line up for your Thompies Holiday brochures and you might as well put that order in for your new Mondeo...... YOU KNOW YOURE WORTH IT? A Very Private Gentleman

7:53am Fri 7 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

The only reason our council representative Reg agreed with a 1.95% hike in council tax is that he knew over 2% would require a public referendum.
The only reason our council representative Reg agreed with a 1.95% hike in council tax is that he knew over 2% would require a public referendum. Hamiltonandy

4:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

If you pay the Borough Council £2,000 a year you must live in a mansion and be a rich, old bugger old chap. The increase for most of us mortal souls would only be under £3.50 a year. By the way Andy I've asked my council representative friend and despite the possible rise being so low he's in favour of a freeze.
If you pay the Borough Council £2,000 a year you must live in a mansion and be a rich, old bugger old chap. The increase for most of us mortal souls would only be under £3.50 a year. By the way Andy I've asked my council representative friend and despite the possible rise being so low he's in favour of a freeze. Reginald47

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