Coun­cil rego cost slug looks set to stay

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - An­gela Pow­nall

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.”

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