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Phillips to take property tax fight to Parliament

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:02 PM
Phillips

The newly appointed Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips says the issue of the property tax increases will be first on his parliamentary agenda when he goes to the House of Representatives this week.

Dr Phillips who was this morning sworn-in as Opposition Leader told The Gleaner that the Opposition feels very strongly about the additional burden being placed on property owners.

So it is making the issue a priority.

 

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips

There has been huge backlash over the increase in property taxes after the Government implemented the 2013 valuation rollback.

The new rates took effect on Saturday.

The Government had been using property values from the 2002 exercise to determine property taxes.

Some property owners have complained that they have seen their property taxes jump by as high as one thousand percent.

The public pushback is expected to be among the issues discussed by Cabinet today.

Information Minister, Ruel Reid, has indicated that the Government has taken note of the concerns and will discuss the matter but has not committed to a rollback.