Pleased: Daphne Bartlett

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Bartlett okay with plans for property tax

By Carolyn Kissoon

Daphne Bartlett, president of the San Fernando Business Association (SBA), said yesterday she was pleased with the 2013/2014 national budget presented by Finance Minister Larry Howai.

Bartlett said she was satisfied that each ministry received adequate funding.

And she was confident most citizens would not oppose the imposition of property taxes. 

“People got accustomed to not paying tax for the last three years, but generally people who own properties like to pay their taxes. 

“They would not want to pay more than they are accustomed to, but people like to pay taxes for their land or house. Once it is done in a way where it is not exorbitant,” she said.

Howai said he proposed to phase in the land and building tax between 2014 to 2017, starting with industrial properties followed by commercial properties.

Bartlett said she was also pleased with the installation of closed circuit cameras throughout the country. 

“But one question is that if so many cameras have been installed, are they being monitored. I have not heard anytime that the use of this system has caused them to apprehend anyone or detect crime anywhere.”

Bartlett also welcomed the commencement of a water taxi between Trinidad and Venezuela. “This is something we have been asking for for a long time because you can increase tourism in the country. Even the expansion (of the water taxi) from Chaguanas to Port of Spain is something we welcome,” she said.

And she suggested a water taxi route between Point Fortin and Port of Spain.

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