New Romney Town Council OPPOSE Council Tax Cuts

October 11, 2007 12:00 PM

ClownsBravo to TPA supporter Cllr Wendy Nevard.  She put a motion to New Romney Town Council calling for council tax rates to be frozen next year and reduced in the following years.  Yet only two other councillors supported her motion, the other nine opposed and defeated the motion.  That’s three-quarters of New Romney Town Council practically endorsing yet another rise in council tax.  What are they thinking?


In today’s Metro newspaper, we warn that council tax is to increase by £370 by 2013.   Councils must rein in their spending and eliminate the waste we find going on in our Town Halls day-in-day-out or more and more people will suffer because they simply cannot pay this hated tax.   


They have good reason to hate this tax because local government rife with waste.  From Shepway District Council’s Website, the following is a breakdown of where New Romney’s council tax goes after the 4.72% increase last year:


“For every £1 you pay in Council Tax, 69.0p will go to Kent County Council, 8.8p to Kent Police Authority, 4.4p to Kent Fire and Rescue Service and only 17.8p is retained for Shepway District Council, Town and Parish Councils and Special Expenses.”


Obviously a great chunk goes to Kent County Council.  Where else would they get the money for a £1.1million communications and self-promotion budget as well as an EXTRA £48,000 of your money to be put to increasing Kent County Council’s ‘coherence’ in its self promotion.  That’s just ONE instance of the numerous amounts of waste and inefficiency going on at our expense.


Let’s put it like this – if the money is there, any government body will spend it.  If there’s any left over, they’ll waste it.  It’s just a shame New Romney Town Council has voted to give the district council and county council the nod to increase New Romney’s council tax and, if past performance is anything to judge them by, to waste it too.


The Mayor of New Romney, Clive Wire, stood in opposition to the motion and called the motion “impertinent”.  You’re wrong Cllr. Wire.  Our council tax is too high Cllr. Wire.  Spending is too high Cllr. Wire.  So why are you supporting yet more increases in Council Tax? 


And he wasn’t alone.


Those voting against the Motion were:


Cllr. Clive Wire
Cllr.  Patricia Rolfe
Cllr.  Tony Hills
Cllr. Roger Joynes
Cllr.  Alan Snoad
Cllr. Jane Hiscock
Cllr.  Sally Maycock
Cllr.  June Newton


These people are not supporting the interests of local council taxpayers and we have to hold them to account.


You can contact them and the high-taxing Mayor of New Romney on 01797 362 348.  You can also write to them at:


Town Hall
New Romney
Kent
TN28 8BT


But…we also have our heroes, those who bravely stood up for the British Taxpayer.  Those voting for the motion to freeze our council tax are:


Cllr. Wendy Nevard
Cllr. Malcolm Dyer
Cllr. Peter Kennett


So feel free to congratulate them by writing to the same address.


Finally, thank you to Cllr Wendy Nevard who put forward this motion and Cllr’s Dyer and Kennett who supported the motion.  It’s up to all of us now to make that stand against council tax increases.  So write to your councillors, be they parish, town, district or county councillors and ask them now to oppose increases in council tax before the budgets are voted on and the bills hit out mats.  We have to act now so we don’t get taxed later.

ClownsBravo to TPA supporter Cllr Wendy Nevard.  She put a motion to New Romney Town Council calling for council tax rates to be frozen next year and reduced in the following years.  Yet only two other councillors supported her motion, the other nine opposed and defeated the motion.  That’s three-quarters of New Romney Town Council practically endorsing yet another rise in council tax.  What are they thinking?


In today’s Metro newspaper, we warn that council tax is to increase by £370 by 2013.   Councils must rein in their spending and eliminate the waste we find going on in our Town Halls day-in-day-out or more and more people will suffer because they simply cannot pay this hated tax.   


They have good reason to hate this tax because local government rife with waste.  From Shepway District Council’s Website, the following is a breakdown of where New Romney’s council tax goes after the 4.72% increase last year:


“For every £1 you pay in Council Tax, 69.0p will go to Kent County Council, 8.8p to Kent Police Authority, 4.4p to Kent Fire and Rescue Service and only 17.8p is retained for Shepway District Council, Town and Parish Councils and Special Expenses.”


Obviously a great chunk goes to Kent County Council.  Where else would they get the money for a £1.1million communications and self-promotion budget as well as an EXTRA £48,000 of your money to be put to increasing Kent County Council’s ‘coherence’ in its self promotion.  That’s just ONE instance of the numerous amounts of waste and inefficiency going on at our expense.


Let’s put it like this – if the money is there, any government body will spend it.  If there’s any left over, they’ll waste it.  It’s just a shame New Romney Town Council has voted to give the district council and county council the nod to increase New Romney’s council tax and, if past performance is anything to judge them by, to waste it too.


The Mayor of New Romney, Clive Wire, stood in opposition to the motion and called the motion “impertinent”.  You’re wrong Cllr. Wire.  Our council tax is too high Cllr. Wire.  Spending is too high Cllr. Wire.  So why are you supporting yet more increases in Council Tax? 


And he wasn’t alone.


Those voting against the Motion were:


Cllr. Clive Wire
Cllr.  Patricia Rolfe
Cllr.  Tony Hills
Cllr. Roger Joynes
Cllr.  Alan Snoad
Cllr. Jane Hiscock
Cllr.  Sally Maycock
Cllr.  June Newton


These people are not supporting the interests of local council taxpayers and we have to hold them to account.


You can contact them and the high-taxing Mayor of New Romney on 01797 362 348.  You can also write to them at:


Town Hall
New Romney
Kent
TN28 8BT


But…we also have our heroes, those who bravely stood up for the British Taxpayer.  Those voting for the motion to freeze our council tax are:


Cllr. Wendy Nevard
Cllr. Malcolm Dyer
Cllr. Peter Kennett


So feel free to congratulate them by writing to the same address.


Finally, thank you to Cllr Wendy Nevard who put forward this motion and Cllr’s Dyer and Kennett who supported the motion.  It’s up to all of us now to make that stand against council tax increases.  So write to your councillors, be they parish, town, district or county councillors and ask them now to oppose increases in council tax before the budgets are voted on and the bills hit out mats.  We have to act now so we don’t get taxed later.

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