McKenzie not pleased with Manchester tax collection

August 25, 2017
Desmond McKenzie

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says he is not pleased with the payment of property taxes in Manchester.

He said the parish was ranked among the lowest in compliance across the country over the last three financial years.

McKenzie noted that in 2016-17, only $483 million was collected in property taxes for Manchester, and that of the $1-billion target set for this year, to date, there has been a collection of $42 million.

McKenzie explained that Tax Administration Jamaica has worked out a payment plan to make it easier for people to pay their taxes, including a more comfortable office space that is up and running in Mandeville.

He also noted that the two tax mobiles that have been going around the island to make collections more convenient have been in Manchester since August 22.

"We are now at the stage where persons who want to make cash payments will be able to do so at the tax mobiles," McKenzie said.




He reminded the gathering that their taxes cover the provision of street lights and garbage collection, and, come September, Manchester will receive one of the additional garbage trucks that are due to arrive in Jamaica.

"By the end of next year, we intend to improve garbage collection by introducing 100 new garbage trucks into the system across the country," he said.

McKenzie also revealed that some $93 million has been earmarked for retrofitting and putting up street signs across the island, as well as renovating and repairing fire stations.

The amount to be spent on street signs is $35 million and the allocation for fire stations is $58 million.

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