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Households to pay $300 for O’Farrell fire levy #NoNewTax

Millions of property owners in NSW face a new levy to fund fire and emergency services, after an overhaul of how land is valued to determine land tax and council rates.

On Thursday, a parliamentary inquiry released its final report into the land valuation system, recommending changes designed to increase transparency and make it more equitable.

The government is believed to be preparing to endorse the recommendations and will use the overhaul of the valuation system to introduce the emergency services levy.

The charge, first signalled in last year’s budget, means every property owner would face an annual charge of about $300 to fund fire and emergency services.

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At present, three-quarters of the annual $950 million cost of funding

via Households to pay $300 for fire levy.

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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