Concern over emergency service levy

Following an announcement they will be implementing a property based emergency services levy to be paid alongside council rates, the NSW Government are now pushing Councils to prepare for its introduction despite no legislation being passed on the reform.
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Cowra Council is concerned that the NSW Government is forging ahead with the replacement of the existing Emergency Services Levy on insurance policies with this new levy to be collected by local government on behalf of the State.

Cowra mayor Bill West said they were concerned this would happendespite no meaningful consultation with local government on the matter.

The NSW Government has said the new levy will be based on unimproved land values and different property-levy rates will be applied to different categories of land.

“There remain a considerable number of unanswered questions around this new levy and its administration that we will be seeking clarification on,” Cr West, who is currently chair of Centroc, said.

“Further, the NSW RFS have also announced they will be changing their methodology for fund allocation this financial year, and will now be asking for an annual contribution, based on previous year’s expenditure.

“Our District has been considerably proactive in lifting the standards of fire cover in our area over recent years.

“As a result we now will be expected to contribute significantly more and run the risk of being penalised by subsidising less proactive zones.

“The increase has been announced after Councils have already prepared and adopted budgets and no-one has anticipated the significant increases that have resulted, certainly above the CPI or the 1.8% rate pegging increase allowable,” Cr West said.

“The RFS have had uncontrolled and infinite increases in funds from councils over the last twenty years and this latest change will continue to have a dramatic financial impact on Centroc’s member Councils for years to come. We will be urging the Minister for Emergency Services to review this funding methodology,” Cr West said

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