SA property groups oppose car park levy

The Property Council warns that taxes must contribute to the economic development of the State, not inhibit it

Key industry groups in South Australia have rallied together in the lead up to the State Budget, calling on the government to scrap the Adelaide CBD car park tax.

The Property Council of Australia, Business SA, Rundle Mall Management Authority, The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA), The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have come together to voice their collective opposition to the tax.

According to the Property Council, the Budget is very important for the future of South Australia and the parking tax, expected to be introduced with the State Budget, represents a major road block in the State’s economic recovery.

"We call on the government to drop its proposal to tax Adelaide’s city businesses, workers, shoppers, nurses, students and parents. This tax is a narrowly based ‘ad hoc’ approach to revenue-raising which creates winners and losers on an unfair basis," the Property Council said.

Retailers in South Australia are battling surging costs and retail sales growth is down, which the Council believes will be further affected by the parking tax as it adds to business costs and dampens consumer demand.

"Taxes must contribute to the economic development of the State and not inhibit it. That is, holistic tax reform of the system is needed," said the Property Council.

"We firmly believe the government is making a long-term mistake pursuing this tax and urge the Government to reconsider its introduction."

Tom Koutsantonis, Labor MP, remains defiant over the issue and insists the tax will become law.

There remains confusion over when the car park tax will officially commence.