Police Authority to consider council tax rise

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SCARBOROUGH residents could see their council tax bills rise after it emerged that North Yorkshire Police Authority is considering a hike.

Scarborough Council officers have already recommended that their share of council tax rises by three per cent, and that a Government grant, which would have paid for a council tax freeze, is turned down.

Members of the police authority will now decide whether to accept the non-recurring council tax freeze grant or turn it down and increase their precept by 3.135 per cent.

Whatever the decision, the difference in budget for the 2012/13 financial year would be minimal.

However, concerns have been raised that if the grant is accepted, its one-off nature could impact on budgets in future years.

If the rise is implemented, residents in a Band D property would see their annual police precept rise by £6.41.

The issue will be discussed following a report on the force’s annual revenue and capital budget.

The meeting of the police authority will be held in York on Monday.