Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:23

State fails a second time on Emergency Services Levy

Media release, 14 May, 2019

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is incredulous that the NSW Government has given local government two months’ notice on an increased Emergency Services Levy without warning or consultation.

WSROC President, Cr Barry Calvert, said “We are severely disappointed in that the Government has failed to consult with councils on changes to the Emergency Services Levy for the second time in as many years.

“In 2017, the Government sought to collect a state Emergency Services Property Levy from residents via councils.This poorly thought through plan was eventually scrapped, causing significant and unnecessary costs to local government.

"Revenue NSW advises that council contributions to the Emergency Services Levy alone would rise by $19 million in NSW, a substantial portion of which would come from Western Sydney,” he said.

“Compensation for our emergency service professionals is important, however, giving local government less than two months to find the funds for this scheme is ridiculous, particularly at a time when the NSW Government is boasting record budget surpluses,” said Cr Calvert.

“Local government is not a source of revenue for the state government. We are funded entirely by rate payers, and each cost shifting measure is money taken away from local programs in local communities

"The Government has clearly not learned from their disastrous 2017 scheme. After years of poor consultation and cost shifting via state-imposed schemes, such as mandatory IHAPS and council amalgamations, there are limits to what local governments can afford.”

“It is not local government’s role to fund the NSW Government’s budget surpluses, through increasing contributions to State Government services,” said Cr Calvert.

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