MINISTERS calling on councils to set up new sites for travellers are being told: Give us the cash.
Kirklees leader Clr Kath Pinnock made her demand after new Government guidance was published to tackle the shortage of authorised land.
Councils will have to assess the needs in their area.
Clr Pinnock said: "We'll have to look at what the Government expects of us.
"But provision of these sites is not cheap and we'll have to see what money they will give us.
"It's not just finding the land, but putting in the main services. It's quite expensive."
Clr Pinnock repeated her view that permanent land was not the solution to illegal camps.
"Areas with permanent sites still have problems," she said.
The new guidance was announced by Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper.
She told MPs in the Commons: "There are too many problem sites which can cause real distress for local communities.
"That is why we need stronger enforcement, alongside more action from local authorities to identify more appropriate sites.
"Stronger enforcement and more appropriate sites have to go hand in hand if we are to find a long-term solution to the problems some communities face."
A task force is to be set up, involving the police and local government, to monitor variations in enforcement procedure.
The Examiner revealed last September that Kirklees Council had paid out more than £73,500 in the last five years just to clean up after travellers.
It is thought the full cost, including wages for staff to move the travellers on and man the clean-up operation, runs into hundreds of thousands of pounds.