Proposal will not come cheap
WHILST the concept and practice of democracy has defined our country for generations, democracy doesn't come cheap.
Elections cost many thousands of pounds and administrations, once elected, require officer's salaries and expenses as well as offices, heating and lighting. Only one party has little regard for the cost of these things, as evidenced by the Labour Group's in the Target (October 2).
Labour support a town council for Boston, with its own Mayor and councillors and administration. This would add another tier of local government to the existing Borough and County Councils.
As usual there is no reference to the costs of this proposal. But trust me, it will not come cheap. As is the way with the Labour group, a superficially attractive idea is sold to us on the basis of information that contains no reference to cost. Creating jobs for which council tax payers will have to pay.
It's a bit like being asked to buy a Ferrari without having the purchase price and running costs explained to you. This proposal for more local government sounds just like the 15 years we spent under a Labour Government which broke the British economy.
I would urge the Labour group to spell out not only the merits of their "good ideas" but also for the benefit of the council tax payer how much extra it will cost to implement and run.
As Conservatives we believe people should have all the facts; including cost. We have therefore asked Boston Borough council's chief executive to examine the costs of the town council proposal, along with other options for council tax payers of Boston to consider.
Councillor Mike Gilbert, on behalf of the Conservative Group, Boston Borough Council