From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government is introducing a fairer system to fund NSW Fire and Emergency services. Previously, only insured property owners contributed directly to the Fire and Emergency services. Now under the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) Act 2017, the levy will be charged on your rates and charges notice and Council will forward all funds collected for this levy to the State Government.
The FESL will be made up of a fixed charge and an ad valorem amount based on the classification of your land, and the NSW Valuer General’s unimproved value of your land.
Notification regarding what your land classification will be for the purposes of this levy will be issued to you in late April 2017.
If you disagree with your classification you can request a review by completing the below Fire and Emergency Services Levy classification review application and returning to Council either by:
- Post to: The Manager, PO Box 122, MUSWELLBROOK NSW 2333
- Or in person at the Muswellbrook Administration Centre, 157 Maitland Street, Muswellbrook.
This levy will be identified separately on your annual rates and charges notice, which is issued in July and payment will be in line with Council’s rates and charges either annually or by the quarterly instalments.
Further information about the FESL is available at www.fesl.nsw.gov.au or by phoning the hotline on 1300 787 872.