Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Households Pay Extra despite End of Flood Levy

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Households Pay Extra despite End of Flood Levy

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WHILE the $135 flood levy idea has been scrapped, Queensland households will still bear an average $11.20 extra a year, for an average urban home, to fund the emergency management, fire and rescue levy.

The formerly named fire levy will increase 6.5% a year from January 1 to help the government cope with C[pounds sterling]difficultC[yen] financial conditions.

This comes as Treasurer Tim Nicholls also announced his government would no longer provide an electricity rebate, which means households will be slugged an extra 21.4% on the bills from July.

The Queensland Competition Authority, which sets electricity prices, says the LNPCOs decision to freeze Tariff 11 prices in its first year of government had largely caused the increase.

Mr Nicholls said the LNP had considered reducing power price rises from 21% to 16%, but it would have cost about $600million and the budget could not take it.

He said there was no point taking the flood levy and then handing it back through an electricity rebate, so both were scrapped. …

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