Coun­cil tax set for £60 a year hike

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

COUN­CIL tax bills are to rise by al­most £60 per year, new fig­ures show.

Cheshire Fire Ser­vice and Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil have both con­firmed plans to in­crease their parts of the bill.

Fire chiefs will hike its pre­cept 1.99 per cent, which is £71.86 for a Band D home – an in­crease of 2.7p a week or £1.40 a year, while the town coun­cil will in­crease the parish pre­cept by £5.86 to £38.25.

This is on top of Cheshire Po­lice’s plans to in­crease the bill by £5 to £161.23 and Cheshire East Coun­cil’s an­nual bill ris­ing £45.61 to £1,261.95.

It means coun­cil tax bills will in­crease by £57.87 per year for those liv­ing in a Band D home.

Cheshire Fire Au­thor­ity must save £1m this year and a fur­ther £4m over the next three years be­cause of cuts in the grant from cen­tral Govern­ment.

How­ever, key spend­ing projects in­clude £17.5m for four new sta­tions and a safety cen­tre, £1,143,000 for four new fire en­gines, £814,000 on new cut­ting gear used by crews to res­cue peo­ple from road traf­fic col­li­sions, £154,000 to re­place two boats, trail­ers and ve­hi­cles which re­spond to floods and wa­ter res­cues and £76,000 to re­place and upgrade de­fib­ril­la­tors on all fire en­gines.

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