Avon Fire Authority sets Council Tax precept for 2015/16

logoMembers of Avon Fire Authority (AFA) have voted for a small increase in the Fire Council Tax precept for 2015/16.

At a meeting on Friday 6 February, Members agreed a rise just below 2%.

It means the annual bill for a Band D property will rise by £1.30 from £65.30 to £66.60.

AFA members considered two options for the next year – the increase outlined above or a Council Tax freeze.

This year’s Government grant settlement represented an 11.9% reduction on the previous year, continuing the downward trend of central funding in recent years.

Chair of Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Terry Walker, said: “The setting of the Fire Council Tax Precept is always a difficult decision, particularly as we know many households are feeling financial pressures themselves.

“In the coming years we need to make significant financial savings to balance our books. We are working hard to achieve this through our Investing for the Future programme to build new fire stations, a new Headquarters and the recent completion of the refurbishment of Kingswood Fire Station.

“We want to continue to provide an excellent service to the community and feel that an increase of £1.30 for the year on an average Band D property will help us achieve these aims.”

The Government grant represents around half of Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s total income, with the remainder coming from local Council Tax payers in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.