The fire service’s governing Fire Authority will decide whether to increase its portion of Council Tax by £5 next year, at its budget setting meeting later this month.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue faces a multi-million pound deficit in the coming years as a result of increased costs of goods, services, fuel and energy- plus the impact of nationally negotiated wage increases for its staff.
Householders in Band D currently pay £77.58 per year for their Fire and Rescue Service, which would rise to £82.58 per year if the rise is approved- an increase of less than 10p per week.
The service has previously outlined the financial risks it faces in its medium term financial plan. It will be making a commitment to find new savings in an efficiencies plan to be published next month.
A £5 precept rise would add about £1.8million to the service’s annual budget of around £60 million.
However, rising utility prices and forecast wage increases are likely to add at least £4 million to the service’s annual expenditure.
Fire Authority Members will make their decision on Council Tax at the fire and rescue authority meeting on Monday 20 February.