TAX payers in Burton have reason to cheer after a fire service agreed not to increase council tax.
The Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority agreed not to increase council tax from April 2013.
The authority will take advantage of a one per cent Government grant offered to authorities which freeze council tax in 2013-14.
It means band D council tax payers will continue to pay £1.30 per week, or £67.64 a year, towards fire and rescue services.
Chairman of the authority, Len Bloomer said: “This is excellent news for the local community with council tax bills remaining unchanged for the third consecutive year.
“At £1.30 per week, this represents excellent value for the provision of the fire and rescue service across the county.
“We are already a low costing authority in terms of our cost per head of population.
“Yet we remain one of the highest performing so providing good value for money is always at the forefront of our minds.”