I got this from Stuart Hill, the secretary of the referendum petition organisers this afternoon;
I am curious about the figure you mentioned as an estimated cost of an elected Mayor at last night's meeting of £250,000. Could you give me a breakdown of how you made up this figure or was it just a wild guess?
They sound rattled. In fact there's no mystery about my figures - each local election costs the people of the town £100,000, so it's fair to assume that the referendum in September and (God help us) the potential Mayoral election in May 2008 will total a combined £200,000. It is estimated that the cost of consultation that the Council by statute has to undertake in advance will be £50,000.