No budgetary allocation for street lighting bills
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio
Opposition spokesman on finance Audley Shaw last night took Local Government Minister Noel Arscott to task after it was pointed out that there is no budgetary allocation to settle arrears associated with electricity bills for street lights.
Arscott disclosed that $2.9 billion is owed for electricity costs.
He also pointed out that it costs about $250 million monthly in electricity bills.
During the examination of the budgetary allocation to that ministry, Shaw pointed out that while $1.2 billion has been set aside in the finance ministry’s contingency budget for electricity bills, there was no allocation to service street lights.
Arscott explained that the arrears for street lights will be cleared up with the inflows from property taxes through the parish councils.
Shaw was not satisfied with that explanation.
Arscott further explained that $2.6-8 billion from property taxes will go towards the paying of the electricity bills in this fiscal year.
Shaw said he willll be investigating the matter.
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