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St James Parish Council to target delinquent property owners

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2014 | 11:39 AM

The St James Parish Council is to launch a fresh crackdown on nearly 40 persons who have failed to pay their property taxes.



Starting next week, the St James police will begin serving arrest warrants on 39 property owners who failed to appear before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court to answer charges related to the non-payment of property taxes.



The warrants were issued by Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie last week.



The parish council says the 39 delinquent property owners, some from as far back as 2007, have arrears totalling $2.1 million for residential and commercial properties.



The latest crackdown comes as the St James Parish Council seeks to raise the compliance rate from 45 per cent among property owners.



The mayor of Montego Bay and chairman of the St James Parish Council, Glendon Harris, urged property owners to cooperate to ensure that there are adequate streetlights, garbage collection and disposal services across all communities.



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