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Questions, questions, questions

Published: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017

The government has indicated that they need to collect every possible cent in these challenging economic times. In such light, why embark on a complicated extremely time consuming, costly property tax structure when there was the possibility of simply increasing the old property tax in tandem with the changes in the economy? Such action would have allowed the government to collect property taxes with immediate effect.

The National Lotteries Control Board has been complaining that their major competition is illegal “whe whe”. Why then would a government place a tax on the winnings of “play whe” knowing that such action would drive many punters into placing their bets at the illegal operators?

The Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) has been complaining that consumers are wasting water. Why not introduce metered water to consumers with electronic monitoring so that there is no need for one to physically visit the meter to read the results? Such a structure will ensure that consumers pay for what they use and WASA will have an accurate read on water wastage.

Additionally, it would be fair to consumers who would be paying only for what they receive. Why is WASA an authority that stubbornly refuses to improve its distribution through gravity-fed reservoirs; that is unable to efficiently restore roadways after repairs; whose bureaucracy prevents one from easy access to water connection or opening an account, seeking to impose punitive measures on its customers?

Customers buying or selling their vehicles must lose an entire day in transferring such vehicles. Consequently, many vehicles are sold without being transferred. Why is the Ministry of Transport transferring not incorporating international best practices where the titles are signed over to the new owner who takes the signed title to the licensing authority to access a new title?

The Beetham Highway is a major thoroughfare and has a history of being blocked by residents in the area. Why is there no wall separating the community from the highway? Such a wall protects the community from the noises of the highway and is common practice in the developed world. Additionally, why is there no effort to keep non-employees from our nation’s landfill?

Do we really care about our international image? Are we serious about service? Are we likely to stop using race as the excuse for our failures?

God Bless Our Nation.

STEVE ALVAREZ

 

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