Tele readers have overwhemingly rejected an increase in their council tax to make local authority savings.
More than 600 people took part in an exclusive Tele poll and their views were clear – 70% of those asked said they wouldn’t like to see any council tax hikes.
To compare, only 12% of readers said they would accept the maximum increase of a 3% rise in how much council tax they pay.
It comes as councillors look to find savings of up to £18 million when the budget is set this month.
Council leader John Alexander admitted the need to make savings could result in services and staff being cut.
Andrew Hopkins, from Broughty Ferry, said: “Council tax is expensive as it is.
“Council budgets are badly managed. I work in the public sector and the waste and attitude of it being a bottomless pit of money is a very prevalent one.
“If they are short of money then spend less on vanity projects and substandard cheap repairs that have be redone again and again. Poor value to the tax payer with not one care given.”
Mid Cragie resident Brooke Gibson added: “I’m already paying enough council tax per month.
“If I pay any more it’ll leave me short monthly for essentials like normal gas and electric bills.”
Zachary Craig from the West End added: “We pay far too much as it is and what about the pledge to abolish council tax that fell by the wayside long ago?
“Now the solution is to pay more every year and people won’t put up with this for much longer.”
But Paul Duncan, from Maryfield, held a different view, saying: “Personally I think the government should increase the percentage the council can increase council tax by to raise a greater amount.”
Council tax was frozen across Scotland for almost a decade before it was put up by 2.5% in 2017 before bills increased again in 2018 by 3%.
In response to the poll, Dundee city council leader John Alexander said: “We’ve been carrying out a public consultation over recent weeks and this has received several hundred responses which we’ll be considering fully.
“It’s also important to reiterate that only 12% of the council’s budget comes from the council tax so it wouldn’t in itself, mitigate the full budget pressures we face.
“It’d be unrealistic to expect that a majority would gladly say that they would be happy with an increase in bills in isolation. As a council tax payer myself, I want to know where my money goes and how that’s spent – that’s only right and we’ll be communicating that throughout the budget process.
“When faced with reduced services or reductions in staff, I think we need to be realistic about the situation we face and I hope that people will understand that keeping facilities open, services operating and staff employed is paramount. The bottom line is, we can’t provide the same levels of service or staffing without increasing charges or cutting more heavily.”
Labour councillor Kevin Keenan said: “I would have been more than surprised if your readers had voted any differently from the 70% that do not wish to see a council tax increase. As a council tax payer myself, it is another bill I do not look forward to.
“However, as an opposition councillor I shall wait to see the administration’s proposals but given the quantum of savings that need to be made a 3% increase looks inevitable.”