On 1 July 2017, a new system for collecting the NSW Government levy that funds fire and emergency services across the state will come into effect. NSW councils will now collect the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) from property owners alongside their rates, on behalf of the NSW Government. Hilltops Council Administrator Wendy Tuckerman said the levy is not part of Council’s rates and will be clearly identified as a separate item on the rates notice.
“The amount of the Fire and Emergency Service Levy for each property will be set by the NSW Government and determined by land classifications and unimproved land values.”
If you disagree with your property’s classification, you can request a review by contacting Hilltops Council.