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Council Tax Hike Decision
3:04pm 26th February 2013
(Updated 3:04pm 26th February 2013)
Cornish families will not have to pay more council tax this year.
Councillors have voted not to push ahead with an almost two percent hike.
An alternative budget, with a freeze on council tax from April has been passed instead, by a narrow majority of three votes.
The amendment also proposed cuts to services like agency staff and communications. Councillors voted to support it by 52 to 49, with 3 abstentions.
At one point, the meeting had to be adjourned temporarily, as officials tried to work out the consequences of supporting the alternative budget.
Priscilla Ham, a mother of three from St Austell, said: "Despite it being one percent, or two percent or five percent, it's still another amount that you have to find each month to pay for excess money, which some people can't really afford. Obviously, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I don't think that it's needed, at all.
"The gas bill has gone up, the water, I think we're the most expensive aren't we, for South West Water? That's alot. As a mum of three, just finding that extra money that you need for your children and just day to day living is just, yeah, it's a struggle. I think alot of people are struggling."
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