The ESL was introduced to overcome three major problems and inequities that existed with the old funding arrangements:
- All property owners had access to the fire and emergency service, but not everyone contributed to them.
- The old system consisted of many different funding arrangements, resulting in very few people being able to calculate exactly how much they contributed.
- Not all volunteer fire brigades, units and services received the funding and equipment they needed to operate safely and effectively.
Under the ESL this has been fixed. Now all property owners contribute a fair, equitable and identifiable amount, and distribution of funding and equipment to brigades, units and services is according to need.
More information on why the ESL was introduced can be obtained from here