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  • The Government collected $5.83 billion in property taxes for the 2013/14 fiscal year, 80 per cent of the $7.26 billion originally targeted.
  • This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate.
  • Mr. Arscott pointed out that the amount collected is almost 100 per cent more than what was collected the previous year.

The Government collected $5.83 billion in property taxes for the 2013/14 fiscal year, 80 per cent of the $7.26 billion originally targeted.

This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 17.

Mr. Arscott pointed out that the amount collected is almost 100 per cent more than what was collected the previous year.

“We want to extend our appreciation to the Councils, the entire field and office personnel who worked to realize this target,” he said.

He congratulated the Portmore Council and citizens as they not only met, but surpassed their target.

“As an incentive for their success in the collection of property taxes, the Council was awarded $5 million to be used in the development or improvement of community development programmes or projects in the Municipality,” Mr. Arscott said.

He also commended all those persons who have paid their property taxes and are contributing to the development of the country.

Property taxes are used to provide essential services required by citizens, such as: solid waste collection and disposal; paying for street lights; general civic improvement; maintenance of public parks and gardens; some aspects of the Local Authorities’ administration; and where possible, funds permitting, the rehabilitation of the parochial road network.