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Opposition tells gov't it's not too late to roll back property tax increases

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 7:25 PM
Opposition spokesperson on land and the environment, Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns

The opposition People’s National Party has told the government that it’s not too late to roll back the property tax increases.

Property taxes under the new rates will become due on April 1.

The opposition spokesperson on land and the environment Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns, says the rise in property taxes will affect people’s ability to own homes and pay their taxes.

She also says there will be a domino effect of a spike in the cost to those living in rented houses and a hardening of relationships between tenants and their landlords.

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Senator Frazer-Binns says the increases "fly in the face" of the much talked about economic expansion, as the effect from these new land taxes will cause serious contractions in the economy and on Jamaica's ability to attain and or sustain growth.