Today, we continue a new feature on property-tax collection across the island. Check The Gleaner's news pages over the next few weeks to see how well or poorly your parish has been performing in this area.
Edith Clarke, who owns two parcels of land in Ewarton, St Catherine, is aware of the importance of paying her property tax. Are you?
Property tax is an important payment that one should budget for annually. Without it, your garbage cannot be collected, there would be inadequate street lighting, among other well-needed services in your community.
Clarke, who considers herself a responsible citizen, pays her property tax because she believes that when one fulfils this obligation, he or she is securing his or her land.
The arrears for property tax in St Catherine are growing daily, and the parish council is badly in need of the outstanding amount. The figure currently stands at $462,760,106.10.
The Sunshine City of Portmore, which was granted municipality status some 10 years ago, also has a significant amount of money outstanding. Taxpayers owe the municipal council $183,815,615.39.
The mayors are urging landowners to pay up so they can deliver the services in a timely manner.