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Meeting to resolve island council tax row
6:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014 in News
TOWN councillors are expected to reach a decision on the controversial tax precept this evening.
It follows a fiery public meeting last week after councillors were heckled and urged to stand down for defending a council tax precept increase of 1,000 per cent for a Band D property.
The move was branded ‘utterly unreasonable’ by Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis.
Decisions made about the precept and budget look set to be scrapped and councillors will begin the process from scratch.
Councillor Ray Nowak has proposed a motion to raise the precept by two per cent, taking a Band D property from £14.73 to £15.02.
He said a low increase would demonstrate that Portland Town Council is listening to the community.
Councillors Les Ames, Andy Matthews and Rachel Barton will also urge councillors to consider their proposal to increase the bill for a Band D to £21 a year, an increase of 42.6 per cent.
The three councillors said limiting the rise to two per cent wouldn’t be enough to move the council forward to prepare for changes in the public sector.
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