New taxes won’t help, says Guile

CALLS by local government for more taxes are misguided, according to Cr Andrew Guile.

Attending the Australian Local Government Association National Assembly in Canberra, Cr Andrew Guile said a broad based land tax was mooted.

“It is hard to believe that local government is so out of touch with the economic circumstances of residents that we would even contemplate the levying of a new tax,” he said.

“Shoalhaven City Council also continues to lobby for a guaranteed slice of Commonwealth tax. When the Whitlam Government back in the 1970s introduced Financial Assistance Grants, they were set at 2 per cent of Commonwealth income tax receipts. The FAGS are now running at just 0.6 per cent which will fall over the next three years without indexation, costing the Shoalhaven $440,000 in 2014-15.”

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