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Mobile property tax collection unit makes positive impact in St. Elizabeth

Published: Tuesday | March 14, 2017

From the Jamaica Observer: Black River, St Elizabeth — The figures show gradual improvement year by year, but St Elizabeth remains among the most backward regions in terms of property tax collections. In late February, the south coast parish was running a 58 per cent property tax compliance rate for the 2016-17 financial year which will end on March 31. That’s up from 52 per cent at the same point the previous year, but still $300 million behind where tax collectors say it should be. No wonder then that St Elizabeth tax collectors recently welcomed with open arms, a new pilot project aimed at boosting collections using a mobile unit (small bus) to get to property owners in their communities.

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JaBudget2017: Shaw warns of clampdown to collect $13.5b in property tax arrears

Friday, March 10, 2017

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw has announced that a new project is to be launched to collect approximately J$ $13.5 billion in outstanding Property Taxes.

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Local Government Ministry to Carry Out Improvements to Bustamante’s Birthplace and Blenheim Community Centre

Monday, February 27, 2017
Hon. Minister Desmond McKenzie

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be undertaking significant improvement works at the Blenheim, Hanover, birthplace of National Hero, Sir William Alexander Bustamante. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie says the site of the former Prime Minister’s birth “requires a level of improvement, to a standard that is worthy of his status as the country’s first political leader elected under Universal Adult Suffrage, and as the first Prime Minister of Independent Jamaica. We also have a special interest in this, as Bustamante was a pioneer of Local Government who served as Mayor of Kingston in the late 1940s.”

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Local Government To Allocate J$40 Million For Drought Relief

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Residents of communities severely affected by prevailing drought conditions in Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Hanover, will soon have their water access difficulties alleviated by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. J$40 million will be made available to provide potable water in this regard. The disclosure was made today by portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who noted that the Ministry’s initiative will support the national drought relief effort. “Our efforts as a Ministry will complement the primary response being carried out by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, under which the subject of Water falls. The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has the responsibility for minor water supply, and so we are proceeding, based on the information provided to us by the Municipal Corporations, to provide water in these parishes.”

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Local Government & Community Development Minister breaks ground for first “Water Shop” in Clarendon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has launched the pilot of a planned series of Water Shops that are intended to raise living standards in drought-stricken and otherwise water-deprived communities. At a ground-breaking ceremony at Pennants in Clarendon recently, the Minister described the Water Shop initiative as “the start of a process to eliminate once and for all, the degrading experiences of our citizens who have to be seeking water every day

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