ASSISTANCE FOR LOCAL COUNCILS TO PAY EMERGENCY SERVICES LEVY INCREASE

Tamworth Regional, Gunnedah Shire, Walcha and Liverpool Plains Shire Councils will have their increase in the emergency services levy to meet the cost of new workers’ compensation for firefighters. 
 
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Tamworth, Gunnedah Walcha and Liverpool Plains would receive funding from the government to assist them to pay the increase in the emergency services levy this financial year to help support firefighters with cancer. 
 
“The Government recognises this additional cost presented some challenges for our local councils. 
 
“We also understand that our local councils had already set their 2019-20 Budgets before the invoices for the increased emergency services levy were issued and this has caused some concern.
 
“That’s why the Government will provide council $252,904 this financial year to alleviate the immediate pressure on our local councils.
 
“I am pleased that Tamworth, Gunnedah, Walcha and Liverpool Plains councils are receiving this financial contribution which will help keep their 2019-20 Budget in check.
 
“We have listened to the concerns of local councils and will continue to consult with them to better manage the impacts of the emergency services levy especially on their annual budgeting cycles.
 
“Each council is subject to a complex calculation that takes into account each individual council to work out their specific contribution,” Mr Anderson concluded.
 
The financial contribution from the government for the increased levy include:
Gunnedah Shire Council, $37,159
Tamworth Regional Council, $145,000
Walcha Council, $1,010
Liverpool Plains Shire Council, $69,735

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