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Media Release

Corrigin urges the

Government to

reconsider axing

Local Government

vehicle licensing and

stamp duty


With the State Government’s recent axing of the

vehicle licensing and stamp duty concessions for

local governments, ratepayers within the Shire of

Corrigin could face an annual bill of more than

$80,000 annually from July 1 2017.

The WA Local Government Association has hit out

at the plan which will cost WA councils millions in

additional licensing and stamp duty fees each year.

President of the Shire of Corrigin, Cr Lyn Baker

said it would be a significant extra cost burden.

“With the axing of the vehicle licensing and stamp

duty concessions for local governments, the State

Government is placing an extraordinary burden on

local communities to improve the State’s budget

position. It will be difficult for our Shire to absorb

these additional costs and Council will need to

consider increasing rates or reducing services to

pay for it,” she said.

Cr Baker said the Shire has assessed the impact

on its budget and how it can be funded.

“The Shire of Corrigin has undertaken the exercise

of calculating the likely financial impact

the removal

of the exemption vehicle license fees and stamp

duty will have on the Shire and the Corrigin

community. The impact of removing the exemption

vehicle license fees (based on the current licensing

fees) on the Shire will be around

$54,000 per


. The impact of the stamp duty (based on

current stamp duty costs) cost over a 10 year

period for the Shire will be approximately


! Based on an average cost per annum,

on current values the Shire would need to find at

least an additional

$80,000 revenue per annum

(about 4% of rates) to cover the additional State

Government fees.” she said.

WALGA president Cr Lynne Craigie said the

delivery of services to the community could suffer.

“It’s disappointing to see the State engage in cost

shifting such as this on the one hand, and then

criticise councils for rates increases on the other,”

she said.

“By taking away these concessions,

Councils will have to fund the shortfall

through increased rates or diminished

services to their community”.

“We all recognise the State needs to remedy its

dire financial situation, however instead of

redressing overspend or achieving genuine savings

this decision is just another example of cost shifting

from the State to Local Government.”

Cr Baker urged the State Government not increase

costs to local communities to find another solution

for its Budget bottom line.