As if that’s a good thing in and of itself!
I never understand this obsession – most noticeable in the USA – with low or non-increasing taxes. Taxes pay for the cohesion of society!
I don’t have time now to write an epistle about tax, but seriously, I think that taxes are a good thing. In this particular case (local tax) two things about tax are my main concern.
The first is that I like Brighton the way it is. I accept that this costs money to maintain; but I am willing to pay that (in the form of council tax). I would hate to see (random examples) parks being less-maintained or the garbage only collected every fortnight.
The second is that what money the council spends virtually all goes into the local economy. A cut in spending therefore is felt almost exclusively locally, too (the opposition parties agree wholesale with me – see this Argus article). I find that anti-social behaviour for a city council towards its own people. Good news – we are not raising your council tax. But oh, yes, sorry, we did have to axe your job as a result (or we stopped using the services of your company).
In the long run, moreover, these measures may simply turn against the city; jobless people may move out of (expensive) Brighton & Hove, visitors may stop coming.
In short: I disagree wholeheartedly with what seems to be merely a populist electioneering move – with council elections on the way.