The 4.75 per cent rise in council tax proposed by the Greens was voted down at a meeting at Hove Town Hall this afternoon (Thursday 13 February).
But Brighton and Hove City Council leader Jason Kitcat said that he would try to bring it back when the budget and council tax are set on Thursday 27 February.
Conservative and Labour councillors voted together to defeat the Greens when the council’s Policy and Resources Committee met at Hove Town Hall.
Councillors from both opposition parties said that the Greens proposal would mean holding a costly referendum and that voters would reject the 4.75 per cent proposal. Another six-figure sum would then have to be spent sending out new bills.
Green and Labour councillors backed the original budget package which would mean a 2 per cent rise in council tax if the vote is repeated by the full council in a fortnight.
Rent rises for council tenants and new charges for storing scooters and using lifts were voted through.
The Conservatives said that the cost of communal lighting and lifts should be included in rents. They criticised the Greens for imposing new charges on the poorest. Councillor Kitcat said that help would be given to those in greatest need.
Councillor Warren Morgan, the Labour group leader, said: “I’m delighted that the budget will now go to council based on the Labour position of a sensible 2 per cent inflation-level increase and not the unaffordable Green £5-a-month rise that would have triggered a referendum costing £900,000.”