Our council tax rise will add £1.82 to band D bills

Wed 14 Feb, 2018


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Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's council tax charge is to go up for only the third time since 2010.

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority agreed a 2.99 per cent rise at its meeting today. This means that the amount paid by a band D taxpayer will rise from £60.88 a year to £62.70 a year. This £1.82 increase, which equates to about 15p a month, will come into effect on 1 April 2018.

Members set a budget for 2018-19 of £28,492,000, which is about £282,000 more than last year. Councillor Roger Reed, Chairman of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, said: “Over the previous seven years, our council tax increases have amounted to an average of 25p a year.

“Our staff have been excellent in changing the way they work and are certainly doing more than they ever have before to ensure that the community gets the best possible service."

He added: “The government placed a three per cent cap on our council tax rise this year, even though we put the case strongly for a much higher limit.

“We will continue to make our case to the government in the hope of securing additional funding next year. For example, a rise in the region of an extra £10 a year on council tax would still put us below the average for fire authorities across England and below the average for parish councils.”

Less than 4p from every £1 of council tax paid in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes goes to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Council tax bills in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, which will be sent out next month, will include the following totals per home to pay for Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in 2018/19:

  • Band A, £41.80
  • Band B, £48.77
  • Band C, £55.73
  • Band D, £62.70
  • Band E, £76.63
  • Band F, £90.57
  • Band G, £104.50
  • Band H, £125.40