Check your fire services property levy - Strathbogie
02 September 2015
Wednesday 2 September 2015
Ratepayers in the Strathbogie Shire are being urged to check their rates notices for the actual increase in fire services property levy (FSPL) for the new financial year.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said FSPL rates in Strathbogie Shire had been expected to rise by 7.6 per cent due to the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to significantly increase the FSPL rate across the state.
“The reality appears to be much worse, for Strathbogie Shire residents,” Ms Ryan said.
“A ratepayer with a farming property in the shire compared the FSPL on last year’s rate notice to the new levy imposed on their recently received 2015-16 notice.
“The increase was over 10 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”.
“Labor’s first budget in May this year showed that the Andrews Government was 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 Euroa home owners are seeing increases of more than 10 per cent when they check their new rates notices.
“Worst of all, the government’s given no explanation as to why these increases are needed.”
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 its very first budget, the Andrews Labor Government has put its hand deeper and deeper into the pockets of local ratepayers by massively increasing the FSL.”