The Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire is proposing a council tax rise of almost 16% to pay for more police officers in the county.
Olly Martins is consulting the public on the 15.85% increase. A referendum would be required to secure a rise of this scale. It would be held alongside the General Election on 7 May.
Mr Martins says the increase would pay for 100 additional officers until at least 2021, with a focus on more visible policing in the community, managing prolific offenders and protecting vulnerable people.
Click below to watch Olivia Paterson's interview with Olly Martins:
BEDFORDSHIRE PCC ELECTION
Olly Martins (Lab) 27,947 (34.03%)
Jas Parmar (C) 26,226 (31.93%)
Linda Jack (LD) 11,205 (13.64%)
Kevin Carroll (Brit Freedom) 8,675 (10.56%)
Mezanur Rashid (Ind) 8,076 (9.83%)
Eliminated: Kevin Carroll, Linda Jack, Mezanur Rashid
Distribution of Carroll's, Jack's and Rashid's votes
Olly Martins (Lab) 35,958
Jas Parmar (C) 32,100
Elected: Olly Martins
Electorate 462,823; Turnout 82,129 (17.75%)