Budget blues for Kilmore residents
04 May 2018
Kilmore and district residents have been handed a State Budget that hits the hip pocket hard but doesn’t offer much in return.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Daniel Andrews’ fourth budget was built on a 35 per cent tax increase when households and businesses across Mitchell Shire are starting to feel the pinch.
“Daniel Andrews’ city-centric 2018-19 State Budget has all but overlooked Kilmore,” Ms Ryan said.
“There is no detail on whether Kilmore’s bus services will see the improvements we have been fighting for.
“The government hasn’t allocated any money to revitalise Kilmore’s main street and the money allocated for roads in and around Kilmore does not come close to what is needed after three years of neglect.
“Local sports clubs didn’t get a look in despite Labor’s promise of $235 million for Etihad stadium.”
Ms Ryan said she was concerned that the Andrews Labor Government was doing nothing to help struggling families with cost of living pressures.
“Daniel Andrews is trying to take more money from people’s pay packets when many are struggling to manage household budgets,” Ms Ryan said.
“Under Labor, average household electricity bills are up by over $300 a year, vehicle registration has increased 20 per cent, stamp duty has gone up by 60 per cent and land tax by 77 per cent.
“Broadford, Kilmore and Wandong residents who commute to Melbourne via CityLink are set to pay an extra $2000 a year in tolls in less than a decade.
“Meanwhile Daniel Andrews’ budget pours $25 billion into metro project blowouts and the region’s Labor MPs show no concern for the impact these decisions are having on local families.”