23 May, 2017

Fire and Emergency Service Levy

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 1 May 2017 11:28 PM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Um .... why has the Lithgow City Council been so quiet on the introduction of the new Fire and Emergency Service Levy - On Lithgow City Council Rate Notices?

Um .... why has the Lithgow City Council been so quiet on the introduction of the
new Fire and Emergency Service Levy - On Lithgow City Council Rate Notices?


"From July 1, NSW property owners will be charged the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) based on land value determined by the NSW Valuer-General, replacing the previous system which was a tax on insurance policies.

The annual levy is determined by adding a fixed charge – $100 for residential property – to an additional ad valorem amount based on unimproved land value.

For owners of "public benefit land" such as churches and scout halls, the annual fixed charge is also $100 plus an additional amount based on a separate ad valorem calculation.

But for farms, industrial and commercial landholders, the fixed charge will be $200 plus the additional amount.

A new charge will be calculated annually based on the budget for NSW Fire and Rescue, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service.

The levy, which accounts for three-quarters of the fire and emergency services budget, will be collected by Councils as a separately listed charge on Rates Notices."

Property owners can work out their precise levy using a calculator on the fire services and emergency services levy website here:  http://fesl.nsw.gov.au/rates_and_calculator





Ed:  The mainstream media is reporting that the Paul Toole State Coalition NSW Government new Fire and Emergency Services Levy is expected to impact more largely on Middle and Low Income and Pensioner Households, whose Homes historically were not previously covered by Building Insurance.

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