Council Tax precept rejected and differed to next Authority meeting

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority met yesterday (Wednesday 17 February) and discussed the proposed 1.99 per cent a year increase in Council Tax Precepts to go to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The suggested precept would increase the average Shropshire household’s Council Tax by £2 a year.

The Authority voted to turn down the proposal from officers to increase the precept by 1.99 per cent. The impact of this decision is a potential shortfall in the Service’s budget in the region of £500,000 per year, for the next three years.

The Authority are now obliged to meet again before Telford and Wrekin Council and Shropshire County Council meet to set the full Council Tax and overall precepts for the coming financial year.

Officers will present further options with a full explanation of the impact of the potential deficit ad an extraordinary meeting of the Authority on Wednesday 23 February

The public will be updated when the vote has taken place and a decision has been made.

17th February, 2022