Monday, 16 February 2009

COUNCIL TAX - THE KCC METHOD

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 16th February 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
COUNCIL TAX – THE KCC METHOD
Kent County Council has set a low council tax level for the coming financial year. But is also pressing local councils for a bigger share of car parking revenues, to which it is in no way entitled. Steve Dawe comments:
“Kent County Council is keeping council tax down in the next financial year from April, but expecting local councils to give it more money from car parking charges. Since local councils have been starved of funds by the Government, this is quite inappropriate.
“If KCC wants more funds, it should look at the Kent Local Transport Plan and abandon all the minor road schemes where it is the primary funding body. It should also abandon its support for the expansion of airports in Kent, which will lead to pressure for more spending on road access. KCC cannot resist climate change, which is its stated policy, unless it drops its support for road building and for airport expansion. Our council tax should not be used to support environmentally-damaging projects.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185/ 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Steve Dawe is Press Officer for Kent Green Party, and a prospective European Candidate for the European Elections to be held in June.

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