TAXPAYERS will have to fork out a little bit extra to pay for police in Gloucestershire after a precept increase of two per cent was agreed today.
The Police and Crime Panel decided to support the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl's proposed budget which included the tax hike.
The increase will generate an additional £900,000 of income for the police each year – such a sum is enough to pay for 30 police officers.
It means the average taxpayer will have to contribute an extra £3.99 to the police through their council tax bill each year.
Martin Surl told the meeting at Shire Hall: "I believe that with sensible planning we can make sound investments and help us achieve my aim of a safer Gloucestershire.
"It is my policy to invest to save because if we don't I think we will incur greater costs in the future.
"The good news is that the constabulary is in a sound financial state and that is because of the hard work that was carried out before I took office and based on a two per cent increase the force will have a balanced budget moving forward."
Speaking after the decision was made, Councillor Brian Calway, the chair of the Police and Crime Panel, said: "The panel deliberated at great length because we have to acknowledge that the effect on the public purse needs to be very carefully considered.
"The panel eventually decided to support the two per cent increase subject to the recommendations put forward."
The Panel asked that in future there be increased communication from the Police and Crime Commissioner's office so they are better informed of Mr Surl's plans.