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Don't pay for dysfunctional street lights

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I believe that as taxpayers we should better understand how the parish councils are billed for street lights.

I am not aware that the street lights are metered. Therefore, I question how the councils are billed, especially when so many street lights are not lit during the nights. If the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) bills the councils based on installed lamps, I believe it is in the interest of the public to demand that the councils hire monitors to check the street lights periodically and work out an arrangement with the JPS where the bills can be adjusted and the taxpayers of Jamaica be charged for consumption rather than installed capacity.

This, I believe, would significantly lower the monthly bills and encourage the JPS to repair the broken lights. We cannot afford to pay for electricity not consumed.

CARLTON FEARON

clarendonlube@yahoo.com

Mandeville, Manchester