Cosla backs local income tax plan
Council leaders have narrowly voted to support moves to scrap the council tax.
A meeting of local authority umbrella group Cosla in Aberdeen voted 52 to 50 in favour of Scottish Government plans for a local income tax.
Labour and Conservative councillors voted against. Support for a local income tax will now be the official position of the local government body.
Cosla said it would try to reflect the views of the minority because there had been such a vigorous debate.
The Scottish Government hopes to introduce a local income tax in 2011/12 but would require the support of other parties.
Glasgow City Council recently published research which suggested a local income tax set at 3p would leave the city with a £60m funding shortfall.
The Scottish Government said it accepted there would have to be some adjustment of council funding. With this Cosla vote the days of the sky-high council tax look to be numbered
Finance Secretary John Swinney
It claimed a local income tax would be fairer, with four out of five households better or no worse off.
Finance Secretary John Swinney welcomed the Cosla vote.
He said: "The council tax is an unfair tax and it is time we moved to a fairer system that recognises people's ability to pay - and Scotland's representative local government organisation now agrees with that, which is an excellent step forward.