THE MINISTRY of Local Government and Community Development, in recognition of the work by local parish council authorities to meet their respective property tax collection targets, has created a competition for the best-performing councils.
This was disclosed by Calvert Thomas, senior director, Revenue Enhancement and Resource Mobilisation division of the ministry.
Thomas revealed that the competition will run for the ministry's 2013-14 fiscal period. The top-performing community project will be awarded $5 million. The second-place winner will receive $3 million. Third place will go to the most improved council and will be awarded $2 million.
It is hoped that the target of $7.3 billion will be realised by December, with the competition an incentive for the councils.
The awards are to be presented immediately after March 31, 2014, said Thomas, and as is customary, councils will be having dialogue with their stakeholders to choose projects.