Friday, 14 February 2014

Council tax increase agreed by Fire Authority

East Sussex Fire Authority has agreed to increase its Council tax for 2014/15 by 1.94%.

This means that our Band D Council Tax will increase by £1.59 to £83.45, having been set at £81.86 for the previous four years. The Fire Service will cost tax payers just £1.60 per week. That’s an increase of just 3 pence per week for a Band D property.

Fire Authority Members met today (14th February) to discuss the Authority’s budget plans for the coming year which include savings of £2m, and investment of £4.1m in buildings, vehicles and information technology, which includes a new fire station for Newhaven.

The Authority has also created a fund of £200,000 to help partners install sprinkler systems in high risk / high rise housing.

Fire Authority Chairman, Phil Howson, said:

"Reductions in government funding meant that in July 2013, we estimated that we needed to find savings of £7.1m over the next five years. This is an enormous challenge but we are determined to change the way we work so we can continue to provide a high performing service to the community within the reality of a shrinking budget.
“We have worked hard to make savings but we have reluctantly decided to make a small increase in the Council Tax to help reduce the impact on frontline services”

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