The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, is proposing to increase by 1.9 per cent the police part of the council tax for 2016-17.
That would mean an extra £3.12 a year (or 6p a week) for the average band D property. At present, band D homes pay £163.98 a year.
Out of the 43 forces in England and Wales, only two receive less funding per head of population than Wiltshire.
Mr Macpherson said: “The police grant settlement that we received from the Home Office in December showed a slight reduction in the central government grant for Wiltshire Police.
“Initial indications are that a further saving will need to be made in 2016-17 of between £2.6m and £3.4m.
“The proposed £3.12 a year increase would provide me with an additional £769,000 of local income for 2016-17. This would help to cover rising costs, including £2m worth of National Insurance contributions from which we have previously been exempt.
“The money raised from the police part of the council tax will also be used to protect community policing which I believe is greatly valued by people in Wiltshire and Swindon.
“This is an average increase of just over £3 a year, little more than the price of a large coffee in some coffee shops or a pint of beer.
“It is also important to point out that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) recently (20 October 2015) praised Wiltshire Police for its commitment to continuously improving services and for its robust financial management.
“The Force was given a ‘good’ rating by the inspectors for efficiency who reported that it was in a good financial position.
“The HMIC calculated that the cost per head of population of a Wiltshire Police officer was just £75 in 2014-15, compared to £115 across England and Wales, and yet victim satisfaction with Wiltshire Police matched the national figure of 84 per cent.
“It is important to note that the cost of policing to the people of Wiltshire and Swindon is the lowest in the South West region.
“Ensuring value for money for residents in Wiltshire and Swindon while maintaining high quality services is very important to me.
“That is why we are embracing new ways of working across the public sector, collaborating with other PCCs and police forces in the south west and with local partners.
“As public sector budgets continue to be squeezed, the aim is to work more effectively together to both improve customer service and reduce costs.”
The public consultation which ran from Tuesday 5 January 2016 to 10am on Tuesday 2 February 2016 has now closed. The Commissioner is considering responses.
Mr Macpherson will formally present his proposal to the Police and Crime Panel at County Hall, Trowbridge on Thursday 4 February.
View the 2016 Precept Presentation.
Find out more about previous consultations for the police and crime part of council tax.