Shortly, residents of Dalyellup will receive advice from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) advising that the category for determining individual property levies for the provision of emergency services has been amended.
The Emergency Services Levy (ESL), is required to be collected by the local government and is contained within your annual Rates Notice. The local government then remits the levy collected to DFES.
In previous years, Dalyellup has been levied under “Category 5” which applies to areas serviced by the state wide SES network and a Bush Fire Brigade (Gelorup).
With the commissioning of the new Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service fire station, Dalyellup now falls within the accepted response time of this facility and has had its ESL category amended to “Category 2” for areas serviced by a career station plus volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigade and the SES.
The change of ESL Category will add significantly (between $50 and $200 for the majority of properties) to the amount due on your Rates Notice.
The Shire of Capel acknowledges that our state is in a period of low economic growth, household budgets are under stress and the increase proposed is significant.
In recognition of these factors, the Shire requested the Minister for Emergency Services to allow the full impact of the increase to be phased in over a 3 year period in an effort to reduce the initial impact on our residents.
Unfortunately our representations were not successful and the full financial impact of the Category change will come in to effect with the 2017/18 Rates Notice.
The Shire is bound by the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1998 to collect this levy on behalf of the State via our Rates Notice. The amount of the levy is however determined by the State Government.
As such, if you wish to make any comment in relation to the levy and how it applies to your property, we encourage you to contact DFES on 1300 136 099.