No Increase To Fire Levy For Another Two Years
The Andrews Labor Government today confirmed there will be no increase to the revenue collected from the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL).
Speaking to the Regional Cities Victoria forum today, Treasurer Tim Pallas also confirmed that the Labor Government will continue to provide direct funding of more than $5 million a year for local councils across Victoria to administer the FSPL, which funds the state’s vital fire services.
This will mean Victorian property owners in each land use category will, on average, contribute the same or in some cases less, to the levy over the next two years.
The levy includes a fixed charge as well as a variable cost that is calculated depending on the property type, its capital improved value and the area in which the property is located.
The Treasurer publishes the fixed charge and variable levy rates each year by 31 May. The fixed charge component of the levy will grow in line with the consumer price index.
All revenue collected through the levy goes to supporting the State’s fire services, including vital life-saving equipment, firefighters, staff and volunteers, training, infrastructure and community education.
Funding for councils to administer the FSPL will increase from $5.03 million in 2017/18 to $5.29 million in 2019/20.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“The levy revenue means that that firefighters can continue with the job of providing this vital and courageous service to communities across Victoria.”
“We’re ensuring our crucial fire services remain sustainable, while keeping the cost of living down for Victorians.”