LABOUR has tabled an amendment to Wednesday’s Isle of Wight Council budget meeting, to increase council tax from April.
Instead of a tax freeze, as proposed by ruling Independents, Labour’s Cllr Geoff Lumley has proposed a 1.99 per cent hike, which would add around £521,000 to cash-strapped council coffers.
The extra money would be used to save services such as school crossing patrols, delay pedestrian charges on the Cowes chain ferry by at least a year, retain beach safety equipment and abandon charges for children to swim in school holidays.
If approved, it would increase the Band D precept by £25.79 from April.
Cllr Lumley called for the increase earlier this month when he said: "With a £28 million gap to fill over the next three years, it is going to look a little odd to Islanders that their council tax is going to be frozen again next year.
"Half-a-million might seem a small amount but there are proposals I have identified in the budget that could be removed because of that."
At the time, deputy leader Cllr Steve Stubbings said they would be "open to the suggestion."