Let me be honest from the start I'm not at all sure that holding referenda on Council Tax rises . It makes like difficult and the lesson from California on their infamous proposition 13 is a sobering one
In addition to decreasing property taxes, the initiative also contained language requiring a two-thirds majority in both legislative houses for future increases of any state tax rates or amounts of revenue collected, including income tax rates. It also requires a two-thirds vote majority in local elections for local governments wishing to increase special taxes.
As a result it has made it difficult for the state to raise income by tax increases and at some times almost bankrupted the state
Nevertheless the vote of no confidence in Brighton's Green Party administration which has been passed as the controversy over its proposed council tax rise intensifies loks like the Labour Party and Tories actually are afraid that the Greens might win and get the public behindbehind them.
The Labour and Tory groups called on leader Jason Kitcat to stand down, but he said he was "not going anywhere".
Both the Labour and Conservative groups said they planned to oppose the Green Party budget next month.
Labour group leader Warren Morgan said his party wanted a 2% increase because a freeze would mean more cuts being forced on the council.
He said residents could not afford another £6 a month on top of all the other bills that were going up.
'Political squabbling' Mr Morgan said he had called for a "caretaker" administration that would see all three parties governing on a consensus basis with a 2% tax increase.
"It would focus on getting those basic services like refuse collection right, instead of all this political squabbling and point scoring and gestures that people are coming up with - that is what residents are telling us they want," he said.
Running thier first council has not been easy for the Greens The city faced disrupted rubbish collections last summer and this month - the council later said it had made changes to the service but the transition period had not been as smooth as hoped for.
So now it looks like Labour and the Tories may go into coalition and oust the Greens.
It looks like as in Wales Labour prefer the Tories toa progressive party and are more intent on destroying the Greens in England rather than the Tories as they are with plaid in wales.