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The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be embarking on an anti-litter programme soon, which will include prosecution of those who continue to flout the litter laws.

 “We are currently reviewing the anti-litter fines and will be moving actively to prosecute those among us, who continue to discard waste in a wanton and careless manner on the streets, in the gullies and in public spaces,” stated Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott.

The Minister, who was speaking at the fourth in a series of town hall meetings held on Wednesday, January 30, at the St. Hilda’s High School Auditorium in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, said the aim is to keep the country clean.

Underscoring the slogan: ‘Jamaica’s beauty is our duty,’ he said that every citizen has a part to play in the process.

He said the Ministry will be rolling out two major initiatives later this year, a clean schools competition, and a clean community competition, as part of the anti-litter campaign.

The Minister, in the meantime, appealed to the residents of St. Ann to pay their property tax so that they can receive quality service including regular garbage collection.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I want to use this opportunity to implore all of you to pay your property taxes. This will ensure that you receive the quality of service you truly deserve,” he stated.

He pointed out that as at the end of 2012, less than 50 per cent of what is owed in property taxes in St. Ann had been paid over.  He said that the accumulated arrears in the parish are approximately $494 million.

“St. Ann, I am expecting you to do better, because you can do better than that. It is important that we ensure that we carry out our civic duty,” he said.

The town hall meetings, organised by the Social Development Commission (SDC),provide the opportunity for Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and other Government Ministers, to engage the public on a range of matters.