Fire Services Levy

Check your fire services property levy - Benalla

28 August 2015

Ratepayers across the Euroa electorate have been urged to check the actual increase in fire services property levy (FSPL) imposed on their property for the new financial year.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the tax hike had been driven by a decision of the Andrews Labor Government to significantly increase the FSL rate across the state.

“FSPL rates in Benalla Rural City had been expected to increase by 7.3 per cent thanks to changes imposed by the State Labor Government,” Ms Ryan said.

“The reality appears to be much worse for Benalla residents.

“A Benalla ratepayer with a property worth $415,000 compared the FSPL on last year’s rate notice to the new levy imposed on their recently received 2015/16 notice.

“The increase was a staggering 11% per cent.

“These increases are well above CPI and are a breach of the promise made to all Victorians in the lead up to the 2014 state election by Daniel Andrews to keep increases in State taxes and charges to CPI level or below.”

Ms Ryan said the massive increase in FSPL by the new Labor Government was a clear “broken promise”.

“The first Labor State Budget in May this year showed that the Andrews Government were proposing to increase state wide FSPL collections by a total of 7.2 per cent costing Victorians an additional $42 million,” Ms Ryan said.

“But already local Benalla home owners are seeing increases of more than 10 per cent when they check their new rates notices without any explanation from the Government regarding these massive increases.”

Ms Ryan said the previous Coalition Government followed the advice of the Black Saturday Bushfire Royal Commission and changed the FSPL from an insurance-based tax to a fairer, more equitable property based levy to ensure all property owners contributed.

“When the Coalition made this significant change most Victorian home and business owners actually paid a lower FSPL as all property owners paid their fair share,” Ms Ryan said.

“However, in only their first budget the Andrews Labor Government has put its hand deeper and deeper into the pockets of Victorian ratepayers by massively increasing the FSL.”



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