UNC MP Saddam Hosein has cited information that the property tax will be added to people’s monthly HDC mortgage instalment—but the Prime Minister, President and Chief Justice won’t be paying property tax since they’re servants of the state, occupying state land and being entitled to accommodation.
Hosein did so at the UNC’s Monday Night Report in Aranguez, San Juan.
He warned that if people vote for the PNM in Local Government Election, they’d be supporting paying property tax.
“We must say no to property tax!” he stressed, adding the election was also about crime, joblessness and the economy.
Hosein said those liable to pay the tax are those who own property (their land and building) and squatters who are considered to be an occupier of the land. He said those owning HDC properties will also pay property tax.
“I have a statement from October 5, 2016, from Robert Green, the Chief Operating Officer of TTMF, who said they would add the property tax to your monthly mortgage instalment. That instalment would increase, as they’re going to apply property tax to it,” Hosein said.
“If you own a residential property, (the tax) is three per cent of the rental value. If it’s commercial, it’s five per cent, if you own agricultural lands, it’s one per cent, or industrial plant and machinery, it’s six per cent—this is what the PNM is coming for you with if you vote for them on August 14!”
He added, “We’re solidly against this tax! The PP/UNC Government did so much—built schools, police stations, infrastructure, without a single new tax!”
He claimed the tax is also dangerous, since corporations would be able to take possession of people’s belongings to sell this to collect the tax if the person cannot pay.
He added they would also have forfeit power to claim a person’s property to reclaim the tax.
“But, the Government also made certain exemptions where certain people won’t have to pay property tax, “ Hosein added.
“You want to know who it is? Hear what Imbert pass in the Parliament: he said an exemption will be granted for persons where land is belonging to the state and is in occupation by the state and its servants, where such servants are entitled to accommodation by virtue of the offices they hold.”
Hosein continued, “So you know who that means? That means Mr Prime Minister is not paying property tax. That means Madame President isn’t paying property tax. That means the honourable Chief Justice isn’t paying property tax.
“So all those big marvellous buildings worth millions of dollars—not a cent in property tax but Tanty who selling in the parlour, who will be charged a commercial rate of five per cent, trying to make a lil sale for the day, she might be relieved of the money by the criminals, but she has to go and find this money to pay property tax because they could come and take all of Tanty belongings and property.
“That is what they want us to vote for? We say no to PNM and property tax—we cannot in good conscience vote for a government who wants to do this to the people of T&T!”
UNC deputy leader Roodal Moonilal also alleged there was a plot to lock up a High Court judge whose rulings were critical of Government. He claimed in the coming days, the public would see issues unfolding “where they’ll try to lock him up on frivolous matters.”
Moonilal asked how the Prime Minister could talk recently about what an Appeal Court ruling may be.
“I call on the Chief Justice: is the Prime Minister in touch with such judges?”
He called on the PM to clear the air on Allan Warner and “Inezgate,” and also on THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine’s extortion allegations—and for the Police Commissioner to probe the allegations.