Redress for businesses, not homeowners
The recent catastrophic deluge in Diego Martin emphasises why homeowners should never pay property tax. Many have lost much of their property due to the floods and there is very little, if any, redress even though they may have paid land and building taxes for decades.
In comparison, the business community in St James complains of loss of property through earnings, over a month and a half, and the state bows to their plight and scraps the traffic plan which had been enforced.
The properties of businessmen receive the best benefits from the state. Good roads, good pavements, good drainage, good water and electricity supply, fire hydrants, vigilant police presence, quick police response, adequate parking, just to name a few.
It underscores the point that if the property tax is to be introduced, the state should target only business and commercial properties.
Imaam Iqbal Hydal