Council rego cost slug looks set to stay
A State Government cash grab from cutting vehicle licensing concessions that could lead to higher council rates is likely to be retained by the new Labor administration.
Local government authorities, the Australian Defence Force and Federal Government agencies have long enjoyed a 100 per cent reduction in licensing and stamp duty costs for vehicles.
The Barnett government scrapped the concession to claw back $5.9 million over the next financial year alone, while allowing State Government vehicles to keep the benefit.
Councils have been lobbying the McGowan Government to reverse the decision, estimated to cost the sector $10 million a year.
Local Government Minister David Templeman said he had raised the issue in Cabinet but suggested it was not likely to change it. He said he was looking at whether there were certain council vehicles, such as emergency vehicles, that could get an exemption while imposing the fee on others, such as a chief executive’s car.
“This ultimately, though, has to be decided in the realm of the shocking Budget situation we face,” Mr Templeman said.
“The reality is we face a diabolical Budget situation.”