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Check Your Fire Services Property Levy - Gannawarra

1 September 2015

The Melbourne Labor Government is putting its hands deeper and deeper into the pockets of local ratepayers by significantly increasing the fire services property levy (FSPL).

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is urging Gannawarra ratepayers to check their rate notices for the actual increase in fire services property levy (FSPL) for the new financial year.

Mr Walsh said that FSPL rates in the Gannawarra Shire have been calculated to rise by 6.2 per cent due to the Melbourne Labor Government’s decision to significantly increase the amount of money raised from the FSPL across the state.

“All property owners including residential, commercial businesses, and farmers, churches, and sporting clubs will face the FSPL increase.”

Mr Walsh said the Victorian Labor Party gave a pre-election pledge of $141 million to employ  350 CFA and 100 MFB firefighters over four years should it be elected to government.   In turn the United Firefighters Union delivered for Daniel Andrews by campaigning for the Labor Party.

“Labor gave no explanation of how they were going to fund this extraordinary promise” Mr Walsh said.

“It is now abundantly clear that the Melbourne Labor Government, in only its first budget, intends to hit Victorian property owners with a significant increase in the FSPL to deliver the outstanding  IOU to  the United Firefighters Union,”  Mr Walsh said.

“Country communities will once again really hurt at the expense of the excessive demands of the Premier’s union mates,” Mr Walsh said.


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