Council tax to go up to cover fire service cutsBy Becky Barnes
February 28, 2013
Households will pay more cash to Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) after its 2013/14 budget was slashed by £225,000.
The fire service budget had been set at £34.492 million compared to last year’s budget of £34.717 million meaning the service’s Council Tax precept for a Band D property in Bracknell Forest will go up £5 a year to help bridge the shortfall.
Cllr Colin Dudley, Fire Authority chairman, said: “None of us wants to see cuts to this front line service.
“There has been a great deal of debate and racking of brains over this decision.
“The key factor that finally persuaded us to agree an increase was that we were, effectively, offered a one-off lifeline by Government.”
The Council Tax precept for a Band D property this year will be £60.66, a rise of 9.6 pence per week.