Big rise in charge for North Yorkshire fire service feared

Big rise in charge for North Yorkshire fire service feared

Big rise in charge for North Yorkshire fire service feared

First published in News

THE leaders of North Yorkshire’s fire service are set to consider inflation-busting rises in its council-tax demand.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has launched a public consultation exercise over its precept after announcing it had fallen behind in its drive to save £2.5 million over two years, and the money it has saved has been eroded by a £384,000 increase in expenditure and £157,000 reduction in income.

The projected £307,000 increase in the service’s running costs, combined with Government grant reductions, has suggested a 7.5 per cent council-tax rise would be needed for a balanced 2014/15 budget, adding £4.65 a year to band D bills.

The Government has said increases of more than two per cent will require a referendum. The authority says front-line services will not be affected whatever the tax decision is when it sets its budget next month.

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