From 1 January 2014 the State Government has broadened the coverage of the Urban Levy Scheme to ensure a more sustainable funding base for emergency services.  The levy was extended to include Emergency Management Queensland and applies to all prescribed properties, i.e. every property within Queensland that is a “prescribed property” under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990.

The State Government has advised that the Urban Levy Scheme has been extended to include emergency management, recognising that all Queenslanders are at risk from a wide range of emergencies including floods, cyclones, storms as well as fire and accidents.  Emergency Management Queensland operates the State Emergency Service, emergency helicopter, disaster management and supports volunteer marine rescue services.

As a Local Government, Burdekin Shire Council has a legal obligation under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 to collect the Emergency Management Levy (EML) on behalf of the State Government.  From 1 January 2014 a new “E” Class levy will apply to properties not included in a former Urban Levy area.

Unlike Council rates where land parcels may be amalgamated for rating purposes, the EML applies to each parcel of land or lot.  However, adjoining lots that are under one ownership and are used as bona-fide primary producing land (under Chapter 2, Part 2 [s 48] of the Land Valuation Act 2010) will be treated as a single levy.

The new “E” Class levy does not change the funding for Rural Fire Services.  Council will continue to collect Rural Fire Brigade Special Charges for Mount Kelly and Scott.

Category

Levy Group

“B” Class

Ayr

Brandon

1/7/17 to 30/6/18

“D” Class

Home Hill

Giru

1/7/17 to 30/6/18

“E” Class

All Other

Rural Areas

1/7/17 to 30/6/18

Vacant or Farming/Grazing land

01

$43.40

$25.80

$25.80

Dwelling or Farming/Grazing land

with buildings/dwelling

02

$166.80

$103.00

$103.00

A full list of levy amounts applying to commercial and other properties is contained in the Fire and Emergency Services Regulation 2011.  For more information visit: www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/F/FireRescueR11.pdf

Applicable Pensioners whose property is their principal place of residence and qualify under the State Government Pensioner Subsidy Scheme are eligible for 20% discount on the State Government Emergency Management Levy.

For more information visit:

www.fire.qld.gov.au/about/EmergencyManagementFireandRescue-Levy.asp

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