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McKenzie calls for revision of vending fee hike

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, January 31, 2013    

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OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie has called on the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to revise the decision to implement a 100 per cent increase in vending fees.

McKenzie, who was speaking at the an Area Council One meeting in the West Central St Andrew Constituency on Sunday, cited the poor conditions of the markets and harsh economic climate as reasons to hold off on the increase.

The KSAC recently announced that market vendor registration fee would move from J$1,500 to J$3,000, while persons who occupy designated vending areas will see an increase in their registration fee from J$2,500 to J$5,000.

The increase, which is to take effect on April 1, was approved by the corporation's Finance Committee. The vendors have voiced their disapproval through their representative group, the Jamaica Vendors, Higglers and Markets Association.

One Sunday, McKenzie who is a former mayor of Kingston and in whose West Kingston constituency the downtown Kingston market district falls, said that the authority should first look at its timing and assess the condition of the markets before contemplating an increase at this time.

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