Disapproval over council tax rise sees councillor abstain from budget vote

Selkirkshire councillor Caroline Penman abstained from yesterday’s budget vote which went 21 votes to 11 in favour of the administration’s plan.

By Kathryn Wylie
Thursday, 27th February 2020, 11:51 am
Councillor Caroline Penman  in Selkirk town centre.
Councillor Caroline Penman in Selkirk town centre.

“I just felt I couldn’t vote in favour for either budget,” Mrs Penman said.

“I couldn’t justify to the people in my ward backing the 4.84% council taxi rise when they are not getting value for money.

“We are not getting a new high school in Selkirk any time soon and the Cross Keys building is set to be demolished with no promise of what could replace it.

“The council leader says she’ll get a date for the new school, but realistically it will be light years away.

“We are getting our own CCTV system and we have taken on our flower beds already. My stance was just that there’s no value for money for Selkirk people.”