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Tax rise slammed

PUBLISHED: 15:31 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010

A COUNCIL tax rise of less than one per cent has been slammed by a councillor despite it being the lowest increase since the levy was

A COUNCIL tax rise of less than one per cent has been slammed by a councillor despite it being the lowest increase since the levy was introduced.

Bromley council agreed to raise council tax by 0.94 per cent in 2010/11 at a meeting on Monday giving residents in Band D properties an increase per year of just under £12 from April 12.

This, alongside the frozen GLA precept means that Bromley residents could benefit from the lowest increase in the tax since it was introduced in 1993.

But Labour councillor John Getgood hit out at the increase after his council tax freeze suggestion was rejected. He said: "There is no need for this increase this year. Bromley Tories are sitting on £45 million pounds worth of taxpayers money that could have been used for one-off expenditure such as the cost of the election. Councillors' allowances should also be reduced.

"These measures would have done away with the need to increase council tax at all without cutting any services."

The council has set aside £1.5 million to tackle environmental improvements in the borough, investment in the voluntary sector and remedial work following the adverse weather conditions earlier this year.

Recommending the budget for the new financial year, leader of the council Stephen Carr said: "This budget represents value for money in the current economic climate, while continuing to reflect residents' needs and hopes for the future." He pledged that the budget will go towards opening a new library and leisure complex in Biggin Hill, complete a housing scheme in Bromley Common and fund the Orpington Masterplan.

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