As of 1 July 2013 all councils in Victoria have been directed to charge the Fire Services Property Levy.
Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) will replace the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) in 2020 with both services now operating as Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV). This property-based levy will be used to fund Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) operations. The Fire Services Property Levy has replaced the insurance-based funding model as recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Properties in the Kingston Municipality area will be levied to fund Fire Rescue Victoria and will be levied based on the property type. The FRV levies will consist of a fixed and a variable levy based on the property type and capital improved value of your property.
The levy will consist of a:
- fixed component of $113 for residential and $230 for commercial, industrial, and primary production properties
- variable component calculated as a percentage of the capital improved value of a property. The variable component will be set by the State Government.
For more information on the variable portion of your fire service levy a complete listing of the variable levy can be viewed via the State Revenue Office’s website.
The Government will fund $50 for concession holders currently qualified for rate rebates. Many properties exempt from rates (places of worship and RSL Clubs, etc) will have to pay the levy.
The levy will be listed on Council rate notices, collected by Council and paid to the State Government. The levy will not be included in Council’s budgets because it is not Council’s money.
The levy will be based on property value rather than fire risk. Municipalities with high property values but low fire risk are expected to pay more overall. Actual outcomes will vary from property to property.
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