Independent MLA Richard Mulcahy has tabled a bill in the Legislative Assembly to abolish the Fire and Emergency Services Levy imposed on Canberra ratepayers.
The $87 levy was announced in the 2006 budget along with an increase in rates and other new taxes and charges.
Mr Mulcahy says there has been a dramatic turnaround in the ACT’s financial position since then, and the Government can afford to give taxpayers some relief.
“While modest such a reform would at least be some small start in reigning in the ravenous tax regime of the ACT Government, it is pertinent to note that these taxes were imposed by the Government on the basis they were needed to balance its budget,” he said.
“If this was really the case the Government should now repeal its tax increases in light of its enormous war chest of revenue.”