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Amnesty, waiver on property tax being sought

Photo depicting sections of Tortola. Photo by Davion Smith/BVI News Journalist

Leader of Opposition Andrew Fahie is putting questions to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith about granting amnesty and a waiver to residents paying property tax.

Fahie is pushing for government to grant a 50 percent waiver on property taxes for the 2017-2018 tax year.

The opposition leader is also proposing that the Premier Smith-led administration offer a six-month amnesty on late fees for residents who are overdue with their property taxes.

Fahie is further proposing that government grant amnesty to land and homeowners who commit to paying off their arrears within that six-month period.

Fahie is putting forward the suggestions in light of Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated numerous homes and businesses in September.

He will ask if Premier Smith is minded to consider the proposals when the House of Assembly sits tomorrow, December 14.

The opposition leader will also throw fresh questions at the Premier in relation to the BVI Airways controversy.

Opposition member Julian Fraser is also expected to ask Dr Smith about his plans for the similarly-controversial Airport Expansion Project.

Other notable topics to be broached in tomorrow’s House are in relation to the International Monetary Fund, BVI prisoners who are still in St Lucia, as well as insurance companies and banks which are being accused of taking advantage of residents.

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