Avon Fire Authority has decided to take more out of our Council Tax payments for the service provided in the region. Members have voted to increase the precept by 3.96%. For a Band D property, which means an extra £2.38 a year of Council Tax will go to the service, taking the annual total to £62.77, taking the budget for 2012/13 up to £46,454m.
Although it will increase their budget, the Avon Fire and Rescue still has one of the lowest precepts in the county and the Authority say they've taken the decision to increase it this year in order to help protect frontline services.
Avon Fire Authority Chair, Councillor Terry Walker, said:
"I accept that this was a difficult decision for Members, as no-one wants to see household budgets squeezed, even if it is by a very small amount. However, the decision to freeze the Council Tax precept again this year would have led to much more difficult decisions beyond 2013, including the possible reduction in frontline staff numbers and/or fire station closures. As a Fire Authority we have a duty to ensure that an effective fire and rescue service is in place to serve our communities."