By Graham Smith
Cornwall Council has voted in favour of a 3.99% council tax increase, which will cost the owners of a typical Band D property £1,588.02 per year. Nearly half of the increase is ring-fenced for adult social care.
The council aims to spend a record-breaking £1.3 billion on capital projects, with roughly half of that money coming from borrowing. A Labour plan to spend an extra £500,000 on youth centres was rejected.
On a recorded vote, the council voted 63 – 38, with one abstention, in favour of the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration proposals. The main Opposition group, the Conservatives, did not put forward any alternative budget.