THREE-year funding commitments to two Kirklees organisations could only be met by massive council tax hikes, according to a leading Tory.
Councillor Christine Smith said proposed spending plans on Voluntary Action Kirklees and Kirklees Racial Equality would bump bills by at least 25 per cent.
But her comments have been rubbished by the Council's acting leader Clr John Smithson who said all authorities were now working on long-term figures up to 2006.
Voluntary Action Kirklees are asking for £155,000 each year for the next three years.
Kirklees Racial Equality are requesting £107,000.
Councillors will be asked to approve that funding.
Clr Smith said: "No household will guarantee buying a new car in 2006 unless they know they will have the money to pay."
But she suggested some Kirklees councillors had little thought of budgeting restrictions.
"Council have no such qualms about guaranteeing grants to various organisations (no matter how worthy) because if they do not have the money in the budget this year they will automatically put up the council tax the following year."
Elections next June could potentially put a new party in power. It would then be virtually committed to the grants.
"If these grants are approved they will find it very difficult to withdraw them because they have already been guaranteed."
Clr Smithson said three-year budgeting was the basis of good planning.
Councils, he said, could now introduce flexibility into their finances over a long period.
"The council's budget is made on a three year basis."
The Government have started releasing three-year funding figures for councils to work on.
"We are preparing our budget for three years."
Clr Smithson commented: "The budget is approved every year. The following two years are indicative. They are not a fixed thing."
The figures for the later two years show the council's intention, not an absolute budgeting commitment.
"The decision about how much money we pay VAK and KREq and everybody else will be taken in February or March as it has been in the past and will be in the future."