Citizen editor: Is asking the taxpayer to pay more for policing the right way to go Mr Surl?
ASKING the taxpayer to stump up more cash to fund the police force is a delicate one and a political hot potato to boot.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl wants to up the precept and claims the rise is less than a box of chocolates.
He also claims this is the equivalent of 30 officers on the beat but this is by no means what the money would be spent on.
However, it is not the amount necessarily but the principle of asking people to pay more when none of us really know what it will go towards.
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We understand there have been very real concerns in the past about the effect on frontline policing if the council tax precept did not rise – an issue we have covered.
And on the face of it, £3.99 over a year is nothing to remedy this but surely Mr Surl needs to take a longer look at all elements of the current budget and resources to see where any savings could be made to protect frontline services before asking the taxpayer to foot the bill?
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