Bexley Council has approved a budget from the Conservative administration that guarantees first class services for Bexley residents and keeps the council tax increase below inflation at 3%.
As Labour Councillors voted against the budget without coming up with any alternative proposals it fell to Bexley Conservatives to reveal Labour’s real alternative budget based on their spending commitments and opposition to the introduction of weekly recycling collections which would have meant an 11% increase in Council tax.
Rejecting the suggestion from Labour leader Cllr Chris Ball that prioritising keeping Council Tax low was “immoral” Bexley Council leader Ian Clement said,
“What was immoral was increasing Council tax by 40% in four years of Labour Control and planning to put it up by 11% this year”.
Conservative Councillors reacted with disbelief to Labour calls for a bigger council tax rise to pay for grants to community forums with no questions asked about how taxpayers money was being spent.
Cllr Clement added,
“Labour have lost touch with people in Bexley more than even I had imagined if they think people care more about forums than how much their council tax bill is going to be”
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