Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How will our local HDC councillors be voting tonight?

Conservative controlled HDC is setting the budget and Council Tax tonight. I thought I would take a quick look at some of the positions.

The Liberal Democrat alternative to the ruling Conservatives budget is also dancing around the edges of £6 million that needs to be cut from the budget. Whilst scrimping a few quid here and there will make a small difference. Unless the underlying problem of the deficit is addressed all this window dressing will need to be cut in the next year.

Basic District Council finance divides finances into two different categories. These are Current account and Capital. The £6 million deficit problem is on the current account side. Delaying the improvements to Huntingdon Bus Station will not effect the budget deficit that much. It just pushes the expenditure to a later date.

It seems to me that neither party has a strategy for getting HDC out of this mess other than spending £16 million propping up the budget.

The one question I have for the St Neots Conservative Councillors is: Having kicked up a stink about the closure of public toilets and introduction of parking charges will you be supporting this budget?

I feel the St Neots Conservative Councillors cannot have it both ways. Either they support the budget with the explicit cut to toilets and increased car parking charges/arrangements or they don't. If they don't they should vote against the budget.

The Hunts Post St Neots - 17/02/2010 digital edition

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