Slashing ESL Bills

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will cut ESL bills by $90 million a year.

The Problem

In 2014, soon after the last election, the Weatherill Government imposed a massive tax increase on family homes, businesses, farms, churches, community organisations, independent schools and many other groups caught up in its bulging tax net.

The impact of the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) cascades through the entire economy and community.

Without any mandate, because Labor did not tell voters before the election what it intended, the government withdrew a general remission on the levy.

As a result, for the past four years Labor has been taking an extra $90 million a year out of the pockets of South Australian taxpayers.

When Labor has to choose between higher taxes and sound financial management, there’s only one choice and the entire community pays.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will cut ESL bills by $90 million a year.

We will ensure this tax cut applies from 1 July 2018, while maintaining the current level of emergency services provided to South Australians.

This cut in ESL will cover all eligible fixed property regardless of the type of land use, providing relief to households, businesses, farmers and a wide range of community groups.

The savings for the owner of a home valued at $450,000 are estimated to be worth $600 over the first term of a Liberal Government.