Police and fire commissioner asks for views on council tax increase

Zoe Metcalfe, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Zoë Metcalfe, is asking how much the public think their council tax bills should increase to pay for local policing and fire and rescue services.

One of the commissioner’s roles is to set the police and fire precepts – the amounts dedicated to policing and fire and rescue services in North Yorkshire and York from every household.

She wants to know the public’s  views as part of a consultation.

She will then make her proposals to the Police, Fire and Crime Panel in February.

The survey opened on Monday 4 December, and runs until midnight Monday 21 January at www.tellCommissionerZoe.co.uk.

Commissioner Zoë said: “One of my roles is to set the precepts for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, something every Commissioner has to do each year.

“It is never easy to ask residents for more money, and I know that many individuals and families are facing financial pressures once again this coming year, but our emergency services are also dealing with rising costs as they continue their vital work to keep us all safe.

“And again, this year the decision will be challenging, as I have to balance the burden on taxpayers and the growing demands for services from our police and fire and rescue services, so it’s vital that I hear your views.

“Please go online, take just a few minutes to have your say and I will ensure your views are reflected when decisions are made.”

Details on the consultation and the proposals to be commented on can be found at www.tellCommissionerZoe.co.uk.


  1. Any increase should reflect the level of Policing in a given area and be proportional to the difference between built up area major towns and cities and rural areas the more you have access and demand the more you pay!

  2. As far as rescue services are concerned, I trust that folk who need rescuing as a result of their own stupidity have to pay the full cost.

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