Perth car parking levy exemption for churches

West Australian State Government decided last week to make inner-city churches
exempt from paying the Perth parking levy. The exemption will apply from next
financial year, but stopped short of providing reimbursement for the parking
levies paid in 2010-11.

Perth based charity groups, church-affiliated bodies, and other not-for-profit organisations
have requested that the levy exemption be extended to entities providing
community services.

to Property Council of WA executive director Joe Lenzo, the levy is a
discriminatory tax on premises located in the CBD. The basis for the levy (at
least in theory) is to reduce congestion in the CBD and therefore applying it
to other areas where there is less efficient public transport and greater land
availability for parking would not make sense.

organizations or property owners should be exempt is an interesting question,
considering for example that in NSW the levy exempts shopping centres in
category 2 locations (eg. Chatswood, Parramatta)!

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