Tighten the purse strings
Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell says Victoria is now officially a more expensive place to live thanks to an increase in a range of government fees, fines and charges.
Residents can expect to be slugged higher on household water bills; drivers licence fees; traffic, red light and speeding fines; light trailer, caravan and vehicle registrations; boat registrations and licences; recreational fishing licences; birth, death and marriage certificates; as well as business registration fees.
Ms Lovell said this year’s state budget also introduced new or increased taxes that took effect from July 1, including increased stamp duty on new cars, a new stamp duty for off-the-plan purchases, and removal of the exemption of certain transfers of property between spouses.
However, it wasn’t bad news for everyone, with July 1 seeing the introduction of the doubling of the regional First Home Owner Grant and cuts to stamp duty for first home buyers.
Ms Lovell said the Victorian Government was continuing to make it hard for rural and regional Victorians, when many were already doing it tough.
‘‘Daniel Andrews and his treasurer Tim Pallas hit Victoria with a high-taxing state budget this year, and the impacts of that are going to start being felt now,’’ she said.
‘‘The cost of living is getting higher and higher and less people are able to easily make ends meet.
‘‘For our local community . . . each increase is yet another cost for people to try and cover in their already stretched household budgets.’’
Noorilim — Lyn Hadfield, Probus Seymour Heavy duty: