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Property tax collections still short despite improvement

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Property tax collection last year exceeded the target set by the government, but was still billions of dollars short of what is required to provide critical services to Jamaicans.

That is the word from the manager for Revenue Enhancement and Resource Mobilisation in the local government ministry, Calvert Thomas.

According to Thomas, a total of J$7.5 billion were collected last year in property taxes.

However, he says with inflation it requires as much as J$12 billion to enable the parish councils to provide citizens with essential services such as street light, garbage collection and disposal and road repairs.

He says the challenge facing the parish councils to provide these services was due largely to the low level of compliance by property owners.