Tax payers could have to pay more for firefighters

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer, Simon Pilling

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer, Simon Pilling

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TAX payers could be asked to contribute more towards West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The chief fire officer, Simon Pilling, has recommended that council tax precept charged to households should be increased to help balance the books.

On average people pay less than £1 per week towards the fire service but that could be increased by up to 10p.

Mr Pilling said: “The Authority faces a budget deficit of £5.9m in the current financial year which is forecast to increase to £27m by 2017/18.

“Following two extensive consultation exercises the Authority has approved wide ranging changes to the service that will meet significant revenue shortfalls, but we will have no choice but to consider further efficiencies if funding streams are frozen for a third year.”

The precept has been frozen for the past two years and us currently the second lowest in the country.

The Fire Authority will set the annual budget next month.