Nottinghamshire County Council Conservative Group has launched a petition calling on the council’s ruling Labour administration to freeze council tax for the 2014-15 financial year.
Earlier this year, council leader Coun Alan Rhodes hinted that Council Tax rises were on the cards as the council tried to find £154 million of savings over the next three years due to central Government spending cuts.
But Conservative group leader, Coun Kay Cutts said: “Labour are not offering Notts residents the option of a council tax freeze in their budget consultation.”
“So it falls to us as the main opposition to give people the chance to have their say through this petition.”
“Thanks to Labour’s legacy, Notts remains the highest taxing shire county council in the country, so our residents are certainly entitled to see their rates frozen until they are receiving a fair deal in comparison with other councils.”
“In our election manifesto, the Conservatives made a pledge to freeze Council Tax until at least 2016, having already frozen it for four years.
“Our alternative budget will honour this promise.”
Conservative group finance and property spokesman, Coun Reg Adair added: “We oppose Labour’s proposed cuts to day centres, youth centres, children’s centres and household waste recycling centres.”
“Next February we will present a fully costed Conservative budget showing how these services can be saved whilst keeping council tax frozen.”
The petition can be accessed and signed at counciltaxfreeze.org