State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP, said today that the Forest Hill District has yet again been ignored by the Andrews Government in the 2019/20 State Budget.
“State taxes are up, debt will double, projects have blown out and unfortunately, that’s not good news for Forest Hill residents with a total of 20 new or increased state taxes since Labor was elected in 2014,” Neil Angus MP said.
“The Andrews Labor Government is set to reap an extra $832.3 million from the Budget’s new taxes and Forest Hill residents aren’t likely to see any of it!
“Forest Hill residents with land tax bills can expect them to continue to increase under Daniel Andrews, with this tax take now up 109% or an additional $5.4 billion since Labor came to Government in 2014.
“Forest Hill taxpayers will have to help repay $54.9 billion in State debt, compared to just $20 billion in 2017/18, an increase of nearly $35 billion!
“It is very disappointing also that locally there is no good news for Forest Hill schools, with not one primary or secondary school in the Forest Hill electorate receiving any additional capital funding in this year’s Budget.
“The Andrews Labor Government is aware of the condition of some of our local schools and yet, despite vigorous advocacy by both the schools and myself, including raising this neglect in State Parliament numerous times, the Forest Hill community continues to be ignored.
“It’s simply not good enough that Shaun Leane MP and the Andrews Labor Government have failed in their job to adequately provide for Forest Hill residents and the community,” Mr Angus said.
Victoria is now the highest taxing state in Australia, with 20 new or increased taxes since Daniel Andrews was elected, despite his promise before his election that he would not do this.
Media contact: Neil Angus MP 03 9877 5628 or firstname.lastname@example.org