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Upscale Clarendon community owes $7m in property taxes

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Approximately $7 million in property taxes is owed to the Clarendon Parish Council by landowners in the upscale Longville Park Housing Scheme.



Chairman of the Council, Scean Barnswell, told residents at a town hall meeting in the community yesterday that several measures have been employed to have persons become compliant.



He said notices and summons have been served and since then the compliance rate has gone up.



Barnswell told the Longville Park residents that the more compliant they are, the more work the Parish Council will be able to do in the community.



The Mayor also commended those residents who are current with their payments and encouraged them to continue to keep up the effort.



Some of the residents insisted they will continue to refuse to pay their taxes until issues such as frequent water lock-offs and over-grown shrubbery are addressed.



Clarendon is the 10th ranked parish in terms of its property tax compliance, which now stands at 70 per cent.



Barnswell said the $307-million target set by the local government ministry has not been met, but efforts are continuing to achieve the goal.



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