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Councillors to meet to set new precept amid anger over huge rise
Updated 9:05pm Tuesday 11th February 2014 in News
This live event has finished
- The meeting is at 7pm at All Saints Church at Easton – the same venue for a public meeting about the precept last month which saw angry scenes and calls for councillors to resign over the controversial decision
- Tonight’s meeting was due to take place last Wednesday but had to be postponed due to the island being battered by severe weather
- It is expected that all previous decisions about the budget and precept will be rescinded this evening and councillors will set a new precept
- Proposals on the table are for an increase of 2 per cent or an increase of 42 per cent
- A petition containing more than 3,000 names urging councillors to set a ‘fair’ precept will also be handed over at the meeting
- Join the debate by send your comments via Twitter by using the hashtag #portlandtax
The meeting has now finished. Keep an eye on the Echo website for full story and reaction.
Mayor of Portland Les Ames has now adjourned this Town Council meeting until the next scheduled meeting, which is next week #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
DECISION: Ray Nowak's precept proposal of 1.99% has been formally accepted by Portland Town Council #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
The proposal came from Ray Nowak, pictured below with Les Ames
Recorded vote: EIGHT votes in favour of this proposal to raise precept by 1.99%, TWO against and ONE councillor has abstained #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Mayor Les Ames at the meeting
Councillor Ray Nowak has suggested a precept increase of 1.99 per cent #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
There has been another recorded vote for the 42.6 per cent precept increase proposal. Three votes FOR and eight votes AGAINST #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Our picture shows how many people are at the meeting in the church
There have been five votes in favour of Coun Nowak's two per cent precept proposal but six votes against #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
A recorded vote for Councillor Ray Nowak's two per cent council tax precept rise will now be taken #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Councillor Ray Nowak has suggested a two per cent council tax precept rise. Councillor Hughes has supported this suggestion #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Only shows that those who initiated and voted for the 1000% tax increase are out of touch with their electorate. #portlandtax #useyourvote— @cageyk 11 February 2014
Portland mayor Les Ames has announced the council tax precept rise has now officially been rescinded #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
The recorded vote was 11 Councillors FOR the motion to rescind the 1000 percent council tax precept rise. No votes against. #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
A recorded vote by town councillors is now being taken out to rescind the 1000 percent council tax precept rise #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
He added: "We can't help follow your decisions but 3000 signatures on the petition prove we are not happy with the precept." #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Portland resident John Thorner said: "Everyone has lost confidence in the current town council." #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Island residents have officially presented the town council with a public petition in protest of the council tax precept #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
@DorsetRachel @Dorsetecho Is that so? Not one of the Munros? I am disappointed #portlandtax— @Cycleccino 11 February 2014
.@Dorsetecho Regardless of the circumstances, this kind of threatening language is unacceptable. #portlandtax— @DorsetRachel 11 February 2014
No attendance by the original proposer of 1000% tax increase at rescheduled meeting. Makes a farce of the whole process. #portlandtax— @cageyk 11 February 2014
*Denton-White: Town councillor Richard Denton-White
Mayor of Portland Les Ames has apologised on behalf of the town council for Denton-White's behaviour at the previous meeting #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Portland resident Tony Weldon has just addressed Denton-White's behaviour and language at the previous council precept meeting #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
A public speaker just addressed the Portland Town Councillors and said: "In 2015 we're coming for every one of you." #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
A speaker in the audience has told councillors: "We don't need you. We need a town council. We don't need the people we currently have."
Mayor Les Ames said he wasn't going to make any excuses. But he said he had never ever asked the people of Portland to pay twice for anything.
Borough councillor Margaret Leicester was among those who spoke in the public half hour. She asked for a vote of no confidence in the council from the public. A forest of hands shot up from the crowd.
Here's a picture of people at the Portland Town Council meeting tonight #portlandtax http://t.co/iGLxi4YNqP— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
One angry resident has told Portland Town Councillors & Mayor Les Ames they are "leading the community down the road to ruin" #portlandtax— @Dorsetecho 11 February 2014
Read our story from last week here about the proposals that will be coming forward tonight.
The town council has been under immense pressure to rethink the decision to increase the precept by 1,000 per cent as residents revolt against the small authority.
People voicing support for Councillor Ray Nowak's proposal for 2 per cent increase
Speaker during public half hour has asked for there to be a recorded vote on precept decision taken tonight. This has been agreed.
Because tonight's meeting is a town council meeting there is an agenda that councillors will follow.
It starts with prayers, followed by apologies for absence and then declarations of interest. There is then an open forum when the police get to speak before it is handed over to residents if they want to speak in the 'public half hour.' It is expected that several people will want to have their say.
Our reporters say about 300 people have attended.
Hundreds of people have packed into the meeting at All Saints Church this evening.
The meeting was due to be held last week but had to be called off at the last minute because of the weather. See our story about it here
Reporters Catherine Bolado and Tara Cox are at the meeting to report on proceedings