- KSAC will be ramping up its public education campaign in order to inform citizens about the importance of paying the various taxes and fees for services.
- Property tax collection, which is currently at a 53 per cent compliance rate, needs to be drastically improved to at least 90 per cent.
- Citizens of the municipality have been urged to play their part in enabling the KSAC to properly carry out its functions, and provide critical services.
The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be ramping up its public education campaign in order to inform citizens about the importance of paying the various taxes and fees for services.
“Partnership is key…if citizens understand how the council is financed and why they need to pay, our compliance rate will improve,” said City Treasurer at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), Naudia Crosskill.
She was addressing the KSAC’s first town hall meeting for 2014, held on February 19, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall in Cross Roads.
Miss Crosskill noted for example, that property tax collection, which is currently at a 53 per cent compliance rate, needs to be drastically improved to at least 90 per cent.
She called on citizens of the municipality to play their part in enabling the KSAC to properly carry out its functions, and provide critical services.
“Don’t forget that the citizens have a responsibility to this country…you pay the taxes, we are able to deliver effectively. The KSAC has (a responsibility) and the citizens also have a responsibility,” she emphasised.
Miss Crosskill said the KSAC is also seeking to implement a monitoring system, to identify and rectify revenue leakage, similar to the way the Jamaica Urban Transit Corporation (JUTC) is overhauling its operations to address revenue loss.
Welcoming the hundreds of enthusiastic residents to the forum, Acting Town Clerk, Andrine McLaren, explained that the forum was in keeping with the council’s mission to meet the needs of citizens of Kingston and St. Andrew, by providing effective and efficient service to improve their quality of life.
“We strongly believe in a participatory approach…we want to better serve you, our valued citizens and stakeholders,” she said, noting that the KSAC is improving its service delivery and is re-engineering internal processes to ensure that the highest quality of service is provided.
The forum saw the council sharing its preliminary budget and needs with the citizens, and provided an opportunity for residents to voice concerns and pose questions on issues affecting the city, as well as share ideas for improvement.
The gathering also benefitted from a presentation by Finance and Planning Minister, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips on the policies and programmes being implemented under the Extended Fund Facility agreement with the International Monetary Fund, as well as other general programmes and projects that are being carried out to generate economic growth and development.