A TRURO area councillor had to be taken to court after failing to pay his council tax, it has been revealed.
Councillor Chris Pascoe is one of four Liberal Democrat members of Cornwall Council who have been forced to come clean over non-payment of council tax bills.
Failure to pay the tax that they help to set has left politicians red-faced and campaign groups furious.
Scott Mann, deputy leader of the Conservative group, said it did not inspire financial confidence in the Lib Dems, who want to control a billion pound budget, if they couldn’t run their personal finances.
“It’s for the public to decide whether it’s a big issue,” he said. “The taxpayer has to have confidence in the people making decisions at County Hall.”
Mr Pascoe, who represents Threemilestone and Gloweth, said problems regarding the payment of council tax began after the death of his father in July, 2010.
He said: “I’ve been in turmoil ever since. It came as a shock financially and obviously emotionally.
“That was the reason for getting behind with the payment of council tax. At the time it was chaotic.
“I knew I was behind but was making payments to keep up. I didn’t know about the court order until recently.”
Mr Pascoe, who is a self-employed electrician, said he has now paid all outstanding bills.
He said: “You struggle as much as the next person with financial problems.”
The councillor said the issue does not affect his capacity to represent his constituents but may have a bearing on his decision of whether or not to stand for re-election in 2013.