It's official - Cornwall Conservatives are a high tax party.
A study by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found that the average council tax bill rise this year will be about 1.8%. CIPFA are the recognised experts in this area and you can bet they have done their homework well.
In contrast with this average 1.8% rise, Cornwall Conservatives have chosen to raise council tax by 2.9%. When the higher precepts charged by town and parish councils and the Police are taken into account, the average rise in Cornwall will be over 3%.
At the same time. the Conservatives are cutting money from Fire and Childrens' budgets and are proposing to abolish weekly waste collections in East and West Cornwall.
Back in June, the Conservatives sent out a ton of leaflets claiming that they wanted a two year freeze on council tax. But as soon as they got into power, that promise went out of the window.
So it seems the lesson from Cornwall is that if you vote Conservative you get less and pay more.