The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is up in arms that new data from the ABS shows ACT residents have the fastest rising local government taxes in Australia.
In a double hit to Canberra taxpayers, the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, reveal that the ACT recorded the highest percentage increase in taxation per capita – rising 9 per cent.
The ACT also had the second highest rate of taxation for Territory and local services at $3,175 per capita – second only to Western Australia.
“Is it any wonder that Canberra families are struggling to cope with the normal costs of living when they face a $265 per capita increase in taxation compared to the 08-09 financial year?
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I’m all for cutting taxes, but I’d quite like to know what services Brendan proposes we cut to pay for it.
Support for the tourism industry would be high on my list, but he’s constantly calling for more money to spent on that sector.