Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (third from right) speaking to her Party’s members at the reception area of Government Headquarters, before handing over the letter. Those members included Senator Wilfred Abrahams (left), St. James North M.P. Edmund Hinkson, St. George North M.P. Gline Clarke and others.
The Municipal Solid Waste Tax is arbitrary, ill-conceived, excessive,
disproportionate and patently unjust.
This is how Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, described the tax in the letter she presented yesterday at Government Headquarters, which was addressed to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
In the letter, Ms. Mottley states that the tax, which was passed in Parliament and assented by His Excellency the Governor General on 14th April, is asking “too much of too few to solve a problem to which all contribute”.
According to her, this tax places a disproportionate burden on: the working class who are already struggling to keep the modest plot and house they own; farmers with a small structure on larger acreage; middle-class homeowners burdened with debt from other taxes; the cash-poor pensioner; hotels and local businesses; and Churches, Charities and Non-Profit Organiza...