Essex Fire Authority freezes Council Tax for fourth year running

Essex Fire Authority has frozen Council Tax for the fourth year running.

The decision was voted through unanimously by councillors attending a meeting at County Hall, Chelmsford last Wednesday.

This means that a Band D household will contribute £66.42 a year for the fire service element of their Council Tax bill. This amounts to £1.28 a week for a 24 hour a day 365 days a year fire service – less than a loaf of bread.

The fire authority said that it was able to keep Council Tax at the same rate as set in 2010 because of “prudential financial management”.