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Approximately half of Council’s total income comes from rates and charges. We use this money to help fund a whole range of facilities and services from parks and sportsfields to roads, libraries, health and safety; community events and youth services.


NSW Government Fire and Emergency Services Property Levy

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will abolish the Emergency Services Levy on insurance policies and replace it with a Fire and Emergency Services Levy paid alongside council rates. While insurance premiums are expected to reduce in price, you will pay an additional charge for fire and emergency services through your Council rates.
Below are some frequently asked questions about this change.



Why will I be charged for fire and emergency services through my Council rates?
The NSW Government has introduced a new system for funding fire and emergency services across the state. Until now, these services have been funded through a levy on your home insurance premium. From 1 July 2017, the Government will change this system so that the levy will now be collected through Council rates.

What is Council’s role in this new system?
This change is not a Council decision, it has been introduced by the NSW Government. Council’s role will be to collect the levy through its rate system and pass it on to the State Government. Council will not earn any additional revenue through this process.

How much extra will I pay?
This will depend on the classification of your property. You’ll receive details regarding your classification in April. The amount of the levy will be clearly shown separately on your rate notice, which you will receive in July. 

When do I have to pay the levy?
You’ll need to pay the levy with your Council rates. 

Where can I get more information?
Visit the NSW Government website available in related links or call 1300 78 78 72.


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