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More than $9B owing for property taxes – Chuck

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 3:58 PM

Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck said the government will be moving to collect more than $9 billion it is owed in outstanding property taxes.

He noted that almost one third of landowners are not paying their property taxes, which is used to finance critical services at the local level.

This includes garbage collection, the maintenance of street lights, rehabilitation of parochial/farm roads and provision of community infrastructure.

Chuck said those who pay their taxes should not have to suffer the inadequacy of resources because others are not paying, according to a release from the Jamaica Information Service.

He suggested that if the government could collect half of what is owed “we would have no problem. The roads would be fixed, the courts could be fixed, the hospitals could get the resources and let me say, the government intends to get all the taxes.”

Chuck was addressing the launch of the 2017 training of Justices of the Peace at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on February 2.