FURTHER to my letter of last week relating to the Salisbury City Council precept increase, I feel the edited version printed, did not convey my point accurately.

To reiterate, it is the 23 elected City Councillors who have a legal obligation to set the budget and precept, and to that end all councillors of all parties and persuasions are able to have an input to the process.

Regarding those opposed to a precept increase, the Liberal Democrat group wanted no increase at all but offered no suggestions at all as to how this should be achieved, while the Labour group also wanted a £15 increase at £5 per every year for the next three years but couldn't make their figures add up.

Had both these groups come up with a sensible and achievable budget that involved no precept increase, or even a reduction, they could easily have done so with a bit of thought and effort.

The reality, however, is that they either did not bother or their efforts failed to stand up to the most basic scrutiny. The budget passed was, I believe, pragmatic, and was voted through as such.

To those who disagree, that is their prerogative. However, if you wish to join the debate you have to bring something to the table. If you don't, you should not be surprised if you lose the argument.

Sven Hocking, Salisbury City Councillor St Martin's and Cathedral