The Conservative candidate for West Yorkshire Mayor, Matt Robinson, says there will not be a new mayoral tax on the people of West Yorkshire if he’s elected on 6th May.
Under the devolution deal the new West Yorkshire Mayor has the power to levy additional taxation on top of people’s existing council tax bill. The Mayor has an almost £1billion budget including the combined authority and policing element of the budget and can also access other grants and funding pots from the Government not previously available to councils in West Yorkshire.
“As West Yorkshire looks to the future and bouncing back stronger from the pandemic, I know that many people have bills to pay, costs they’re worried about and want some certainty in their financial future.
“That’s why I have today set out my commitment that I will not levy new taxes on the people of West Yorkshire.”
“As a Mayoral candidate I’ve talked about West Yorkshire being a land of opportunity for all. And that means not coming into office and immediately taxing people more but rather using every penny in every pound of the Mayoral budget better so we ensure it’s delivering results before asking the residents of West Yorkshire for more, especially when so many have struggled through the pandemic”.
“My opponents in this election can join me in this commitment or should be straight with the people of West Yorkshire and tell them how much extra they expect to tax them in their term of office?”