Members of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority agreed today (12 February) a two year Safety and Wellbeing Plan and a council tax increase of 1.91%. This is an increase of £1.35 a year or 2.5p a week for an average band D property, which is in line with the results of the public consultation where 75% of those who responded were in agreement with the proposed increase of just under 2%.
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. We believe that the plan we have approved today will help us continue that good work alongside balancing the need to reduce the budget while meeting changing local needs.
"We are pleased that the majority of those who responded to the consultation were in favour of a small council tax increase. This amounts to 2.5p a week for an average band D household. I think that 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."