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Councils’ first matter of business - how to pay the ESL

Nov 10, 2014

Steven Griffiths MP
Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Shadow Minister for Local Government
Shadow Minister for Planning
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Councils’ first matter of business - how to pay the ESL

The first matter of business South Australia’s re-elected and newly elected councilors will face is how to deal with the Weatherill Government’s savage increases in the Emergency Services Levy (ESL).
 
“South Australia’s 68 councils face substantial increases in their ESL tax putting further pressure on rates and the delivery of council services,” said Steven Griffiths Shadow Minister for Local Government.
 
“The newly elected councils will need to undertake an immediate budget review to compensate for the financial impacts of the savage ESL increases.”

For example,

  • Onkaparinga’s ESL is increasing from  $37,941 to $94,635.95 a 149% increase;
  • Charles Sturt’s ESL is  increase from $43,913 to $ 130,978 a 198% increase; and
  • Port Adelaide-Enfield’s ESL is increasing from $57,461 to $146,812 a 155% increase.

“The ESL tax will claw millions of dollars out of councils and that will be paid for by increases in rates or a reduction in services like libraries, roads and footpaths,” said Mr Griffiths.
 
“Once again it will be South Australian families that ultimately bear the brunt of the Weatherill Government’s ESL tax grab.
 
“South Australia families will either pay increased rates or have services reduced.
 
“The ESL is a cumulative tax - creeping into one bill after another as the Weatherill Government reaches into the pockets of hard working families time and time again.
 
“Families pay for the ESL on their homes, their cars, school fees, council rates and sporting club fees.
 
“The ESL tax is a perfect example of the transfer of costs from the State Government to local government that affect councils frequently.
 
“Local Government Minister Geoff Brock needs to explain why he has been silent in respect of the impact of the massive increase in the ESL tax on councils.”
 

22 South Australian Councils ESL increases
 

 

2014/15

2013/14

ESL increase

Adelaide

$414,323.00

$312,902.00

$101,421.00 or 32%

Barossa

$17,051.00

$11,161.00

$5,890.00 or 53%

Campbelltown

$37,522.95

$21,618.70

$15,904.25 or 74%

Charles Sturt

$130,978.35

$43,913.20

$87,065.15 or 198%

Clare & Gilbert Valleys

$12,212.00

$7,893.00

$4,319.00 or 55%

Copper Coast

$32,626.20

$18,234.95

$14,391.25 or 79%

Town of Gawler

$17,623.00

$10,967.00

$6,656.00 or 60%

Holdfast Bay

$90,813.45

$42,294.75

$48,518.70 or 115%

Kangaroo Island

$8,278.20

$4,788.80

$3,489.40 or 72%

Light Regional

$8,164.00

$5,296.00

$2,868.00 or 54%

Mid Murray

$19,971.00

$11,480.00

$8,491.00 or 74%

Mount Gambier

$32,349.00

$15,394.00

$16,955.00 or 110%

Onkaparinga

$94,635.95

$37,941.00

$56,694.95 or 149%

Port Adelaide Enfield

$146,812.75

$57,461.60

$89,351.15 or 155%

Port Lincoln

$20,856.25

$10,994.70

$9,861.55 or 90%

Roxby Downs

$5,836.30

$3,125.25

$2,711.05 or 87%

Victor Harbor

$17,121.80

$10,232.00

$6,889.80 or 67%

Walkerville

$24,629.00

$12,355.00

$12,274 or 99%

Wattle Range

$15,392.40

$9,122.45

$6,269.95 or 69%

West Torrens

$65,982.80

$34,345.65

$31,637.15 or 92%

Whyalla

$27,523.45

$10,694.70

$16,828.75 or 157%

Yorke Peninsula

$33,150.90

$22,939.05

$10,211.85 or 45%

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