- County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority agreed their 2019/20 budget and council tax at a meeting of the Combined Fire Authority held on 22 February 2019.
- The 2019/20 budget was set at £28.409M which represents a decrease of £98,000 from the current level.
- The amount of funding the Authority receives from central government continues to fall and will reduce by a further £0.262M (2.5%) in 2019/20.
- In order to produce a balanced budget, members of the Fire Authority agreed to increase council tax by 2.95% from 1st April 2019. This will generate £513,000 per year of additional funding which will partially offset the cut in Government grant and help to protect front line services.
- The increase in council tax amounts to £2.97 per year for a property in council tax Band D or £1.98 per year for a property in council tax Band A.
- As the majority of properties in County Durham and Darlington are in council tax Band A, this will mean that most residents will be asked to pay an additional 3.8p per week.
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