Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is asking Worthing council tax payers whether they will pay more for Police next year.
The Commissioner is consulting Sussex taxpayers on the precept, the policing part of the council tax, for 2014/15.
Mrs Bourne wants to know if Sussex residents will pay an extra £4.95 a year towards reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber crime and increasing the visibility of frontline policing.
Mrs Bourne said: “I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget. I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have paid the same amount for policing in Sussex for the last four years. However, in order to enable investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges, I am consulting on a 3.6% increase which would add £4.95 per year per household for a Band D property.
“As a voice for local people on policing and crime it’s very important that I know if Sussex residents are willing to pay a little extra towards policing in the county. Therefore, I would encourage as many people as possible to spend a few minutes filling out the Public Consultation Survey.”
The Commissioner is duty bound to inform the Police and Crime Panel of her considerations and the consultation with Sussex taxpayers will help inform a decision in January 2014. This decision will be reviewed by the panel.
The on-line survey can be accessed on the Sussex Police Surveys website: www.sussexpolicesurveys.com/ospccbudget