LGA TO PROBE IMPACT OF ‘DOUBLE DIP’ OF EMERGENCY SERVICES LEVY INCREASES

The Local Government Association is surveying all South Australian Councils to try to identify the “double dip” impact of increases in the Emergency Services Levy on Council properties, which will in turn impact on communities.

LGA President Mayor David O’Loughlin said data from Councils indicated increases from 23% to 269% and suggested the total impact on the sector could be in the millions.

“I am most concerned about the impact on community organisations such as sporting clubs which pay the levy as part of their lease or use agreement with Councils,” he said.

“Any remainder will challenge new Councils to implement service cuts, maintenance deferrals or rates increases to meet increased State bills.”

“It is particularly frustrating when Councils still have an emergency services role but are not receiving any funding from the ESL.

“We’ve just signed an agreement with the CFS about co-operation and resource sharing.”

Mayor O’Loughlin said the LGA would gather more information from Councils before having discussions with the Treasurer.

Impacts on Councils will be further compounded with the State Government’s announcement that it will cease rates concessions for eligible pensioners and concession card holders from the end of June 2015.

“This will have an impact in excess of $34 million on some of the most vulnerable members of our communities,” he said.

“I have indicated that Councils will be facing horror budgets in 2015 and this just adds to the challenge for new Councils.”

Please find following list of Councils and their ESL levy increases.
Note we are still to receive responses from 13 Councils

Council 2013/14 2014/15 Increase
Adelaide City 312,902 414,323 32%
Alexandrina 11,000 26,000 136%
Barossa 11,161 17,051 53%
Barunga West 3,670 5,001 36%
Berri Barmera 6,258 9,874 58%
Campbelltown 21,731 37,523 73%
Ceduna 3,216 5,792 80%
Charles Sturt 46,913 130,978 179%
Clare & Gilbert Valleys 7,893 12,212 55%
Cleve 2,000 3,193 60%
Coober Pedy 1,227 1,837 50%
Copper Coast 18,235 32,626 79%
Elliston 2,627 3,911 49%
Flinders Ranges 2,114 2,891 37%
Franklin Harbour 8,126 13,777 70%
Gawler 10,967 17,623 61%
Goyder 4,405 6,125 39%
Grant 5,606 9,457 69%
Holdfast Bay 42,294 90,813 115%
Kangaroo Island 4,789 8,278 73%
Karoonda East Murray 1,669 2,153 29%
Kimba 1,020 1,472 44%
Light 5,296 8,164 54%
Mallala 2,366 3,598 52%
Marion 16,000 59,000 269%
Mid Murray 11,480 19,971 74%
Mitcham 22,125 53,998 144%
Mount Gambier 15,394 32,349 110%
Naracoorte Lucindale 6,910 11,769 70%
Northern Areas 5,231 6,821 30%
Orroroo/Carrieton 1,799 2,212 23%
Playford 13,468 39,494 193%
Port Adelaide Enfield 57,461 146,813 156%
Port Augusta 11,622 18,960 63%
Port Lincoln 10,995 20,856 90%
Port Pirie 8,655 14,483 67%
Prospect 4,263 14,041 229%
Roxby Downs 3,125 5,836 87%
Salisbury 15,743 53,167 238%
Southern Malllee 2,684 3,493 30%
Streaky bay 3,067 5,031 64%
Tatiara 3,948 6,549 66%
Tea Tree Gully 18,158 48,942 170%
Tumby Bay 3,165 5,643 78%
Unley 16,200 45,200 179%
Victor Harbor 10,232 17,122 67%
Wakefield 7,849 10,642 36%
Walkerville 12,355 24,629 99%
Wattle Range 9,122 15,392 69%
West Torrens 34,346 65,983 92%
Whyalla 10,695 27,523 157%
Wudinna 1,424 2,486 75%
Yankalilla 3,526 5,540 57%
Yorke Peninsula 22,939 33,150 45%