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CHAMBERS WANT GOVT
TO DEFER PROPERTY TAX
The Chaguanas Chamber of In-
dustry and Commerce (CCIC), the
Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Com-
merce and the Penal/Debe Chamber
of Commerce are calling on govern-
ment to defer implementation of the
property tax until next year.
Stephen Steve Ramdhani: It
may be unconstitutional. It must be
challenged in court. It was passed
with a simple majority and it in-
fringes on our rights.
Amar Rambhajan: But the dead-
line has passed for this year already,
hasn't it? Wasn't it in March some-
time? So can it still be collected for
Dave M Simmons: It's simple,
you don't want to pay taxes in Trin-
idad and Tobago then migrate to a
Kenny Supersad: It should be at
the old rate.
Nerissa Dqueen: Interesting to
see the Chambers of Commerce who
are calling for a deferment of imple-
mentation of the property tax. Are
they also willing to defer their profit
margins until then?
Jacqueline Benjamin: So they
want to construct multi-million
mansions but don't want to pay the
tax on it. Then let them google and
research property taxes in other
countries. Is there anything some of
us want to pay for in this country, oh
I forget, alcohol.
to property tax
While the Opposition UNC has
not yet decided how it will represent
the myriad concerns of constituents
on the property tax, a legal challenge
has not been ruled out.
Ronald Choo: So you buy land,
build your own house and the gov-
ernment gonna tax you. Look riot
about to happen.
Mark Moses: Well they should
decide quickly because their beloved
supporters are eagerly waiting to
Mohammed Imran: Why didn't
UNC, PP, remove the Property Tax
Act from the law when they were in
office, because it is still in the law.
So the argument will be we're not
breaking the law!
Paul Anthony: They are fighting
tooth and nail to hide their property
from the State. With property tax
the State will know who owns what.
With or without property tax the
prices of real estate and rent have
No need to state
Valuator Afra Raymond is advising
citizens to "not panic" about the
property tax and there is no need for
citizens to pay a valuator to assess
Janet TD: One of the best advice
given to home owners to date.
Mark Moses :Finally, a balanced
Garth Brierly: As more citizens
become informed they will reject the
misinformation campaign that was
launched to create hysteria.
Susan Brijmohan: This is the
only advice received so far that
$2m a year for
The cost to maintain a 24-hour
presence in crime hotspot of En-
terprise, Chaguanas can cost of the
T&T Police Service (TTPS) in excess
of $2 million a year.
D Ricky Ant: What's the purpose
of this? How much is one life worth?
Sharliza Sankar: That's not
much compared to the lives lost!
Please put people before money! And
take note that lives matter more than
David Sammy Jr: So much mon-
ey is being wasted on trivial things so
I don't see nothing wrong with the
money being spent on saving lives.
Barry Telesford: Small money.
Robert Zacarias: Your property
tax dollars will take care of that.
in public service
There are 9,000 vacancies in
T&T's public service which is staffed
by 27,000 to 30,000 public serv-
ants---including 13,800 contract
Tricia Ready-Archibald: Min-
istries are not hiring as their budg-
ets have been drastically cut. They
choose not to fill the vacancies and
use the $$ instead to fund day to day
Loni Hamel-Smith: Is that why
there's no service?
Jacqueline Benjamin: Do your
research, the youths are no longer
looking for government jobs, be-
cause of the expansion of education.
Persons with degrees are no longer
applying to work in government ser-
vice. Even the nursing profession is
suffering and it has been like this a
number of years. This is happening
all over the world, it has absolutely
nothing to do with politics.
Leah Buckmire-Alexander: Af-
ter all the analysis I know people who
have applied for various government
positions, not to mention nursing,
and have never been given the op-
portunity no matter their qualifica-
tions. Why will the government hire
permanent staff when they can keep
a permanent OJT system in place and
spend less on stipends than actually
paying a salary. Those positions will
never be filled.
Joseph O'Connor, left, and Sahadeo Mootilal protest against the Property Tax
outside the Ministry of Finance, Eric Wiliams Financial Complex, Independence
Square, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
"Ships don't sink
because of the water
around them; ships
sink because of the wa-
ter that gets in them.
Don't let what's hap-
pening around you get
inside you and weigh
--- Author Unknown
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