COUNCILLORS have agreed an increase to pay for West Yorkshire fire service increase of almost 5% for next year.
This means a 4p-a-week rise for Band D council tax payers.
The councillors blamed the Government for the rise, which will mean the average family paying £45.84 next year.
Clr Gordon Beever, of Kirklees Council, said: "Although we have had one of the worst grant settlements from the Government for many years we have squeezed every aspect of expenditure to protect the front-line service."
He said a "crippling" loss of £1.5m in grant - due to a new formula for paying for firefighters' pensions - had threatened to sabotage the budget.
He added: "Ministers admitted that their new formula was not intended to penalise fire authorities. But they have sadly done absolutely nothing to make up the shortfall."
The brigade will bring in economies, including:
* Cracking down on the management of overtime.
* Reining-in external training.
* Using longer-term ways of paying for vital community fire safety work and the installation of domestic smoke alarms.
Clr Beever said: "It saddens me that a service which performs so magnificently and has achieved year-on-year savings of millions of pounds, should be subjected to such a savage cut in funding."