Today, we continue a new feature on property-tax collection across the island. Check out the news pages over the next few weeks to see how well or poorly your parish has been performing in this area.
St Mary owes a whopping $151.2 million in arrears for property tax. Yes, that's correct!
This outstanding amount is preventing the parish council from providing services such as frequent garbage collection.
Levan Freeman, mayor of Port Maria, wants his fellow parishioners to comply.
Property tax is a tax placed on all properties in Jamaica and the owner or occupier of the land is required to pay.
The tax is calculated on the unimproved value of the property and is calculated at a flat rate of $1,000 for properties valued up to $100,000. Properties valued over $100,000, but less than $1 million, attract an additional 1.5 per cent for each dollar above $100,000. Properties valued over $1 million attract a two per cent tax for each additional dollar.
There are payment options available for persons seeking to pay property tax. Payments may be made annually, biannually or quarterly.