State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP has slammed the Andrews Labor Government for snubbing Forest Hill families, small businesses and local schools in this year’s 2021/22 State Budget.
“Forest Hill residents need a positive plan for economic recovery following the uncertainty of the pandemic. Instead, Labor offers higher taxes on the family home, new and increased taxes on small businesses and property investors – plus, inadequate investment in our thriving local schools.
“Steep rises in payroll tax, stamp duty, land tax and a new mental health tax on businesses already paying Payroll Tax, as announced in the Budget, create a huge disincentive for businesses to invest in the local economy and place additional financial pressure on average Forest Hill families buying and investing in our local area.
“With recent residential sales of up to $2.08 in Blackburn South and $3.48m in Glen Waverley, there is every indication that local residents in the Forest Hill electorate will be faced with increased stamp duty costs related to properties in excess of $2m as proposed in the Budget – suggesting that the Government is completely out of touch with what the top end of town is,” Mr Angus said.
“That’s why we will increase taxes on top-end property owners who have benefited from soaring real estate prices.” – Tim Pallas MP, Victorian State Treasurer, Treasurer’s Speech, Victorian Budget 2021/22.
Despite the Federal Government giving substantial financial assistance to Victorians during lockdown through JobKeeper and JobSeeker, the Andrews Labor Government will instead slug residents with $5.8 billion in new and increased taxes, including increases in land tax, affecting Mum and Dad investors.
“Local residents who have worked hard to secure a second property and survived the rental uncertainty of the pandemic, will now be subject to an increase in their land tax – giving the Government a $1.5 billion windfall over the forward estimates.
“With the exception of some capital funding allocated to upgrade Weeden Heights Primary School in Vermont South, I am also at a loss to understand why several of Forest Hill’s largest and most needy public schools, have again missed out on funding for projects that have been on the Government’s radar for years.
“Since 2014, the Government has ignored calls by local families and the Liberal Nationals, to upgrade ageing infrastructure at Vermont Primary School and Orchard Grove Primary School.
“It is simply unacceptable for the Government to overlook the needs of local families, while student enrolments at these schools continue to climb and school buildings becomes less and less fit for purpose.
“It is also extremely disappointing that Labor has once again overlooked Livingstone Primary School’s repeated requests for an on-site staff carpark to address pedestrian safety and traffic congestion in local streets.
“Camelot Rise Primary School in Glen Waverley urgently needs its school oval resurfaced, but despite repeated calls to improve the playing surface for the safety of students, the Government has again ignored the school’s needs in this year’s Budget.
“After years of neglect, the Andrews Labor Government needs to properly fund schools in the Forest Hill electorate,” Mr Angus said.
Neil Angus MP
State Member for Forest Hill
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