Tax payers could be asked for £5 more a year to pay for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling is recommending that the area’s fire authority agrees to increase the charge following a precept freeze for the past two years.
The increase would be less than 10p a week for people living in Calderdale.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority says it balanced its books last year largely by not recruiting and by accepting a one-off Government grant of £1m.
Mr Pilling said; “The authority faces a budget deficit of £5.9m in the current financial year which is forecast to increase to £27m by 2017-18.
“Following two extensive consultation exercises, the authority has approved wide-ranging changes to the service that will meet significant revenue shortfalls, but we will have no choice but to consider further efficiencies if funding streams are frozen for a third year.”
Currently the average cost to tax paters is less than £1 a week - the second lowest precept in the country.