Fire Services Property Levy
The State Government has directed all Victorian Councils including Frankston City to collect the Fire Services Property Levy from 1 July 2013. Charges increase annually as advised by the State Government.
Although this levy appears on rates notices, it is not a Council charge for Council services. It replaced the fire services levy charged by insurance companies in your home insurance premiums.
This levy helps fund the cost of operating the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and is a recommendation of the Victorian bushfires Commission. This includes emergency response, fire prevention planning, personnel training, infrastructure and equipment.
Ratepayers will see the Fire Services Property Levy listed as a separate item on the Annual Rate Notice.
The State Government has now increased the residential component of the Fire Service Levy by over 30%.
This Levy is not a revenue-raiser for councils and will not be included in council's budget. Once collected by Council the levy is paid directly to the State Government and the levy is also determined by the State Government.
We have also included some frequently asked questions and answers below or you can contact the Revenue Office (SRO) directly on 132 161.
Contact Information on the Fire Services Levy
State Revenue Office
P. 13 21 61
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322