Liberals pledge Emergency Services Levy cut

LEVY CUT: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar says the Liberal Party is committed to reducing the Emergency Services Levy.
LEVY CUT: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar says the Liberal Party is committed to reducing the Emergency Services Levy.

The state Liberal party is pledging to cut Emergency Services Levy bills by $90 million a year for four years if elected at the March state election.

Overall, income from the Emergency Services Levy would be cut by $360 million under a Marshall Liberal state government.

According to a Liberal Party policy document, savings for an owner of a home valued at $450,000 were estimated to be worth $600 over four years.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said it was a big election promise but one that the Liberal Party was committed to.

“It’s a significant election commitment from the Liberals but it goes towards our efforts to reduce the cost of living for South Australians,” Mr Treloar said.

“It’s clear the impact on landowners, households and businesses has been significant from the rapid increases in recent years in the ESL.”

Mr Treloar said the levy had “punished” local landowners, including those who volunteered with the Country Fire Service or State Emergency Service.

“It seems the government is double dipping in many instances, many of the hardest (landowners) hit are ones who also volunteer for the CFS or SES,” he said.

If elected, the Liberals will ensure the cuts will apply from July 1, 2018, while also maintaining the level of emergency services provided to South Australians.

State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis was contacted for comment but did not respond before deadline on Wednesday.