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MELBOURNE ratepayers would be hit with a new public transport tax under a controversial plan by a major lobby group. The Committee for Melbourne says revenue raised could fund projects such as the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel and expansion of the Dandenong line.
The committee would not speculate on the likely cost of the levy, but in a scheme on the Gold Coast households pay $111 a year; a similar charge in Melbourne would pour almost $180 million a year into the coffers.
The committee said councils could collect a flat or variable levy from metropolitan ratepayers on behalf of the State Government.
The Government, Municipal Association of Victoria and Ratepayers Victoria opposed the idea, one of several raised in the committee's Moving Melbourne report released yesterday as ways to finance infrastructure investment in Victoria.
Other suggestions included:
TOLLS for rail overpasses or underpasses; A LEVY for home and business owners near new infrastructure projects; and CHARGES for city businesses to help fund the Melbourne Metro.
Committee for Melbourne CEO Kate Roffey admitted some funding options raised might be unpopular but said choices had to be made. "It's actually making a contribution to improve the level of public transport," Ms Roffey said.
Larissa Garvin, a spokeswoman for Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder, said "the Government has no such plans" for a public transport levy. MAV president Bill McArthur said councils were opposed to being used as a state collection agency.
"There's unreal expectation ... that our ratepayers have got pockets that deep they can't find the bottom of them," Mr McArthur said. Opposition transport spokeswoman Fiona Richardson said the Liberals had abandoned a commitment to fix public transport.
"(They've) left all the heavy lifting and even the generation of new ideas to the non-government sector," she said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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