Police consider council tax rise for North Yorkshire

131125c  Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, who was guest speaker at a packed Scarborough Urban Area Forum meeting at Scarborough Library. Photo by Andrew Higgins    03/03/2013
131125c Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, who was guest speaker at a packed Scarborough Urban Area Forum meeting at Scarborough Library. Photo by Andrew Higgins 03/03/2013
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Police in North Yorkshire are considering a 1.99 per cent rise to council tax precepts after a consultation revealed that 65 per cent of residents were in favour of paying more.

Julia Mulligan, the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has discussed the issue with the authority’s police and crime panel.

This came after a 20 day consultation which showed that 65 per cent of more than 1,500 people surveyed voted in favour of a rise - which would equate to 8p a week for the average Band D home, or £4.15 a year.

Across the whole county an increase in the policing tax will raise about £1.2 million.

“The public have been quite clear that they are happy to pay more for local policing,” said Ms Mulligan.

“I respect that decision and I am minded to implement a 1.99 per cent precept increase.”

A final decision on whether to increase the precept or not will not be made until later this month.

Any decision will then need to be deliberated by the police and crime panel at its next meeting on February 5.

But a statement issued by Ms Mulligan’s office this week reinforced the statement that the authority is minded to raise the precept.

“Police funding in North Yorkshire is in a relatively good state,” the statement said.

“With about 55 per cent of funding coming from the Government and 45 per cent locally and from other places, reductions in funding from government has less effect than it does elsewhere in the country.”

As previously reported in the Advertiser series, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet voted in January to freeze their portion of the precept for the sixth year, going against officer recommendations.

A final decision will be made in March.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has proposed a 1.99 per cent rise. It’s final decision will be made at the end of February.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) is also considering a proposed 1.99 per cent rise at a meeting in February.

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