The fire service’s governing Fire Authority has decided to increase its portion of Council Tax by 1.97% next year, following its budget setting meeting on Monday (13 February).
The decision by members to increase the fire service’s share of Council Tax will raise an additional £441,000 in annual funding for the fire service.
Current indications are that SYFR will lose £2 million in its Government funding in 2017/18, when compared with 2016/17.
Cllr Alan Atkin, Vice Chair of the Authority, said: “We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible fire and rescue service to the people of South Yorkshire. That is why we are asking people to pay just a few pence a week more for their fire service. I understand the economic hardship being felt by households. However, this small increase helps us to balance the fire service’s budget and protect its assets in the long term.”