Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, has again urged constituents to shop around for insurance company options in relation to charges for the Fire Services Levy on their premiums.
Mr Crisp said the Government had not increased the Fire Services Levy that is included in insurance premiums and urged policy holders to check their insurance renewals carefully.
“When the Coalition was elected to Government in Victoria we promised to replace the Fire Services Levy with a fairer, more equitable property-based levy in the 2013-14 financial year and this is still the case” Mr Crisp said.
The Victorian Coalition Government adopted all Bushfires Royal Commission recommendations including that the Fire Services Levy be replaced with a property-based levy and to introduce concessions for low-income earners.
Mr Crisp said the Coalition Government will introduce a new levy that at long last ensures all Victorian property owners will pay a fair contribution to fire services, while ensuring Victoria's fire services continue to operate equitably and with sufficient resources.
“The Government’s timeline made it clear that the 2012-13 financial year is a transition year and we will be working with the industry to ensure the Fire Services Levy is administered fairly during this period,” Mr Crisp said.
“In fact, in the recent budget there was a reduction of 9.6 per cent in the amount required to fund the insurance contribution to our fire brigades.
“The charges being made on premiums for the Fire Services Levy differs between insurance companies and any increase in the percentage they charge is a decision of the individual insurance company,” he said.
Mr Crisp has recommended you ask your insurance company to explain any increases on your premium and, if you are not satisfied with their response, consult with other companies and shop around.