Tax rise to pay for fire ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Stack Solution -

Res­i­dents are to pay a small amount more for the county’s fire ser­vices this year af­ter a 1.9% in­crease in the cost of the fire brigade was agreed.

Mem­bers of Kent and Med­way Fire and Res­cue Au­thor­ity have backed a bud­get that will see av­er­age house­hold bills in­crease by £1.35 a year to £70.65, the equiv­a­lent of 2.5p a week more for an av­er­age Band D prop­erty.

Cllr Nick Chard, Chair­man of Kent and Med­way Fire and Res­cue Au­thor­ity said: “Our job is to pro­vide a safe and ef­fi­cient ser­vice for the peo­ple of Kent and Med­way.

“Our in­vest­ment in com­mu­nity safety means we have made a real con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal safety and seen de­mand fall sig­nif­i­cantly.”

He added a small in­crease was backed by those who took part in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

“I think the pub­lic recog­nise that for a round-the-clock emer­gency ser­vice, ready to re­spond to emer­gen­cies in­clud­ing fires, floods and road traf­fic col­li­sions, that this re­mains very good value.”

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