Goulburn Valley residents are concerned about being over-charged after a change in fire levy payment method.DARREN LINTON February 4, 2013 4:09am
The shift of the fire services levy payment from insurance premiums to a property-based charge collected as part of council rates is creating some confusion.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said anyone with concerns about the amount of fire services levy being charged by insurance companies on renewal notices should contact the Office of the Fire Levy Services Monitor.
‘‘My office has been contacted by numerous constituents unsure whether they have been charged the correct amount of fire services levy on insurance renewals,’’ Dr Sykes said.
From July 1, 2013 a new property-based Fire Services Levy will be collected by local government and replace the current arrangements where a levy is charged through insurance premiums.
‘‘People want assurance that they are not being overcharged by insurance companies as the changes are being phased in,’’ Dr Sykes said.
Professor Allan Fels has been appointed the Fire Services Levy Monitor for a two-year period to oversee the transition to the new levy and to provide advice to consumers and the insurance industry.
Dr Fels has made it clear he will ensure that insurers genuinely phase out the existing insurance-based levy.
‘‘I am pleased that the monitor has made it clear to insurance companies that they will be under close scrutiny to remove the fire services levy from insurance premiums,’’ Dr Sykes said.
The office of the Fire Levy Services Monitor is now operational with a hotline and website launched last week.
‘‘I understand that investigations have commenced of a number of complaints about insurers’ conduct in relation to the levy,’’ Dr Sykes said.
‘‘Many of these complaints relate to pricing.’’
Insurers may face fines of up to $10
Children are believed to still be on a bus that was involved in a crash on Benalla Rd in Shepparton this afternoon.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hellrazor has crossed first to win the 2014 Barrie Beehag event on Saturday.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.