Hike in council tax for policing Hampshire is recommended

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COUNCIL taxpayers could be charged an extra £4.75 a year for policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from April.

Finance committee members at Hampshire Police Authority – which holds the purse strings for policing in our area – voted by four votes to three to recommend a 3.25 per cent hike in its council tax precept.

If the recommendation is approved the police authority would reject a one-off government grant of £3.043m it would qualify for if the precept were frozen at its current level.

Increasing council tax payments will raise the force an extra £3.294m.

The rise – backed by Hampshire Constabulary Chief Constable Alex Marshall – would see the average resident living in a Band D property paying £151 a year for policing from April – up from £146.25.

The recommendation comes as the force battles to save up to £53m by 2015.

A final decision will be made at a full Hampshire Police Authority meeting on Tuesday.