PEOPLE could be asked to pay almost £5 extra in their council tax every year to offset huge cuts to the police force.
Police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes is asking for views on proposals to increase the policing element of the council tax.
He is proposing to raise the policing precept by three per cent.
This would mean asking an average Band D household to pay an additional £4.54 a year, or 9p a week, raising the total bill to £155.79 per year for police services.
The increase would generate an extra £2.9m per year and Mr Hayes says this would help stop Hampshire Constabulary having to cut back too severely. The force will receive £41m less in the coming financial year compared to four years ago.
Further cuts from the government of around £25m are expected from 2015 to 2017.
Mr Hayes said: ‘These are very difficult times for policing. It would be wrong of me not to tell the public the truth about the impact of government cuts.
‘Our police service has been praised by the government as a well-performing and well-run service, yet ministers are again cutting the money for policing in our communities – this time by £25m, which equates to approximately 555 police officers. It is getting more difficult to keep up the level of neighbourhood policing people want and, quite frankly, should expect.’
A survey is available at hampshire-pcc.gov.uk.