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Casey property fee to replace fire levy


June 13, 2018 by admin

CASEY residents with house insurance stand to save $130 a year under changes to Victoria’s fire levy.

From next year, the levy on insurance premiums, now used to pay for fire services, will be replaced by a property fee to be imposed on all properties.

The new levy, to be administered by councils in association with rate notices, will comprise a fixed component of $100 a year for residential properties and $200 for commercial, industrial and farming properties.

There will also be a variable component calculated on the value of a property to be set at budget time.

Casey householders currently pay an average of $270 with their insurance. Based on property values, the average levy will drop to $140 in 2012-13.

Casey mayor Sam Aziz was pleased that costs would fall for most householders but said the administrative burden of collecting the new levy would fall on councils. “I wish governments of all levels would stop treating us as a collection agency,” he said.


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