Posted on 04. May, 2012 in Victoria

Treasurer Kim Wells has today refused to rule out that some Victorian families may be worse off as a result of the Baillieu Government’s proposed fire services property tax that will be introduced soon.

Appearing before the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, the Treasurer was asked to provide a guarantee that no Victorian currently paying the fire services levy would pay more under the proposed change.

Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Development Ms Pulford said the Treasurer categorically refused to give such an undertaking.

“This admission will send a chill down the spine of thousands of Victorians hoping to be reassured that the Government’s changes won’t just be used as an excuse to gauge even more money from families struggling to meet cost of living pressures,” Ms Pulford said.

“This Government has delivered the highest taxing budget in Victoria’s history, with tax revenues set to increase by $740 million next year.

“For regional Victorians, this budget has included the cruel blow of the abolition of the First Home Owners bonus, which will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a newly-constructed home for first home buyers.

“The dumping of the School Start bonus and cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance are further blows that will hurt people living in regional and rural areas.”



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