South Yorkshire to decide on council tax funding increase

South Yorkshire to decide on council tax funding increase

THE GOVERNING fire authority in the county will decide this month whether to increase council tax contributions to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (SYFRS).

SYFRS reported on the planned budget setting meeting, at which the fire authority will ‘decide whether to increase its portion of council tax’ by 2.97% next year, with ‘current indications’ that SYFRS will lose about £700,000 in government funding in 2018/19, compared to 2017/18. Currently, residents in band D pay £68.96 a year to SYFRS, or about £1.33 a week, though a decision to increase tax would raise about £714,000 in funding per year.

This would equate at ‘around 20 firefighters’, with fire authority members set to make a decision on the council tax changes for the fire and rescue service at the fire authority meeting next week, on 19 February.