VEHICLE LICENCE CONCESSION AND STAMP DUTY
The State Government’s decision to cut vehicle licence concessions for Local Governments will cost the sector up to an additional $10 million per annum.
These cuts will affect all WA Local Governments, not just on their vehicle registrations each year but also on State stamp duty charges as vehicles are re placed over time.
With Local Governments’ limited means to raise revenue, this additional cost they are now required to pay the State will have to be funded either through significant budget reductions most likely leading to reduced services, or raised rates to meet the revenue shortfall.
Specifically the Shire of Gnowangerup is looking at approximately an additional $31,000 per annum which equates to 1% of rates.
This is another example of cost shifting from State to Local Government as an easy fix to the State’s dire financial situation rather than redressing overspend or achieving genuine savings.