Shadow Treasurer, Michael O’Brien
The Andrews Labor Government’s Fire Services Levy grab will hit CFA areas the hardest with all property owners paying more under Labor.
Since being elected Labor has increased the Fire Services Property Levy by 15 per cent and taken an extra $164 million from the pockets of property owners throughout Victoria.
The Labor tax grab is to help pay off the United Firefighters Union in their current fight to control the CFA.
Make no mistake, the extra money raised by this levy on Victorians will be used by Daniel Andrews to pay off the claims of UFU officials.
While the Treasurer claims to have cut the Fire Services Property Levy, the truth is that Labor has increased FSPL revenue by 15%, with Labor raking in an extra $164.4 million in just two years.
Home owners and businesses in CFA areas will be penalised the most. The 2016-17 residential variable rate in the CFA area of 12.9 cents (per $1,000 of capital improved value) is still higher than the 2014-15 rate of 10.9 cents.
CFA area commercial rates have risen from 88 cents to 104.7 cents under Labor while industrial rates have been hiked from 132 cents to 165 cents.
Rates for vacant land (excluding residential) have skyrocketed from 10.9 cents to 49 cents – a 350 per cent increase.
The primary production variable rate in the CFA area of 26 cents is still higher than the 2014-15 rate of 24.6 cents.
The changes in the MFB variable rate simply account for the rate hikes imposed last year.
Once again, Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas are hiking up taxes and levies to pay off their union mates.
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