Stop playing politics with parish council money - Arscott
The Opposition has accused the Government of playing politics with the Parochial Revenue Fund charging that the money is being withheld to sabotage the People’s National Party-controlled parish councils as Local Government Elections draw closer.
Speaking on the motion of adjournment in the House of Representatives yesterday, Opposition Spokesman on Local Government Noel Arscott called for the Government to immediately release money from the Fund so that the parish councils can pay their bills and carry out the cleaning of drains and gullies.
According to Arscott, Section 14 of the Local Government Financing and Financial Management Act of 2016 clearly states that the funds from property taxes and motor vehicle licences should be paid to the councils at the end of each month.
He said the Parochial Revenue Fund at parish councils had been used up in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.
However, Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth South Eastern Franklyn Witter said the delay in the payment to the Parochial Revenue Fund is not new, noting that the funds would be distributed within the first week of the month.
Earlier, State Minister with responsibility for Works Everald Warmington highlighted plans by the Government to carry out a clean-up exercise across the country.
He told The Gleaner that the work would be done by the NWA in collaboration with several government ministries.