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$94m in property taxes owed in St James division

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Residents of the Rose Hall Division in the parish of St James are being urged by the St James Municipal Corporation to pay their property taxes, and to settle outstanding balances, as recent analysis in the parochial division is indicating a high rate of non-compliance.

According to regional manager of property tax compliance Wendye Peterkin, approximately $94 million is owed by residents of the Barrett Town, Barrett Hall and Lilliput communities, which are situated in the Rose Hall Division.

“While we encourage everyone to pay property taxes, we also try to highlight the fact that non-compliance hinders the Government's ability to serve communities effectively, as property taxes receipts pay for garbage collection, street lights, parochial road rehabilitation, and beautification of communities… The Barrett Town and Barrett Hall communities now owe a total of $55 million in property taxes, while Lilliput owes a total of $39 million,” Peterkin said.

She made the revelation at a community meeting hosted by the St James Municipal Corporation at the Lilliput Wesleyan Holiness Church in the community on Sunday, after one resident queried the reason for low property value in the Lilliput area.

Also present at the meeting was councillor for the division, Anthony Murray, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis, St James Municipal Corporation staff, and representatives of the Registrar General's Department, National Solid Waste Management Authority, St James Public Health Department, Parish Development Committee, National Water Commission, Dispute Resolution Foundation, and the St James Fire Department.

The series of meetings being hosted by the municipal corporation is aimed at facilitating public awareness and participation in the corporation's functions, responsibilities and, in general, fostering better service delivery to the public.

The next meeting will be held in the Montego Bay Central (Norwood) Division at the Full Gospel Central Assembly of God, Norwood, Montego Bay on February 25, commencing at 2:30 pm.

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