Councils across the State were stunned by the news release from Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet that the introduction of the Fire & Emergency Services Levy will be deferred pending a review of the policy.
Council staff have been working hard to ensure a smooth transition and introduction of the FESL which was due to take effect on 1 July 2017 through an additional item on Council rates.
“Although Council is pleased that the FESL has been deferred to ensure fairness to all across the community, it is disappointed with the timing”, said Acting Chief Executive Dave Walker.
“Council has conducted a range of programs to ensure rate payers were familiar with the introduction of the FESL. However, Council will be claiming the $50,000 offered by the NSW Government to assist with the introduction as in general terms, most of the work has been done”, he added.
Any residents who are concerned about what impact the deferral of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy may have on their insurance premiums, please contact the Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor at http://www.eslinsurancemonitor.nsw.gov.au/ or by phone 1300 607 723.