Cr David Pahlke is not pleased that over 1500 blocks in his division will be slugged with a levy by the State Government.
Cr David Pahlke is not pleased that over 1500 blocks in his division will be slugged with a levy by the State Government. David Nielsen

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THOUSANDS of Ipswich land owners are set to be slugged by the State Government with a levy which will see the semi-rural Division 10 out Rosewood and Walloon way slugged the most.

As reported last week in the QT, Ipswich City Council is writing to each and every one of the owners of 5611 vacant blocks affected in Ipswich to alert them to the impending emergency management fire and rescue levy (EMFRL) charges, which will appear on their rates' bills and have been described as a "rip-off".

The cost of the levy for vacant land is $6.25 per quarter for each block, or $25 per year.

Land owners with multiple blocks will be hit with a much larger bill when it is introduced in the April-June 2017 rate notice.

Cr David Pahlke's Division 10 has 1541 vacant blocks, over one quarter of those impacted.

Cr David Morrison's Division 1 is the least affected with just 80 blocks set for the hike. Division 2 has 374 blocks in the gun while Division 3 has 159.

Division 4 and 5 will have 857 and 648 blocks respectively impacted while Division 6 has 409.

Cr Andrew Antoniolli's Division 7 has 848 blocks set for the rise while Division 8 has 849 and Division 9 has 493.

Cr Pahlke said earlier that residents needed to know that the council as not banking the extra levy for its own coffers and had resisted pressure from the State to collect the levy on its behalf.

"It is the State Government telling us we have to (do this)," Cr Pahlke said. "I have got 1540 blocks in my division where people will have extra charges levied in their next rates notice, when they haven't had to do it before.
"People will blame council, but they need to know this is not us."

The EMFRL replaced the Urban Fire Levy from January 1, 2014. Prior to that only properties considered urban and serviced by the State Fire and Rescue Service paid the Urban Fire Levy.

Residents with dwellings currently pay $24.90 per quarter, or $100 per year for the levy and that will not change.
But the change will be noticed by those with multiple lots.



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