City Hall Extends Amnesty To December 15th
The Georgetown Municipality through Deputy Mayor, Robert Williams is reporting that members of the business community still continue to owe the council outstanding rates and taxes. Williams noted that the council currently has an amnesty program for such default tax payers.
The amnesty initiative is aimed at allowing delinquent property-owners to fulfill their civic responsibility of paying their property taxes. The accumulated interest over the years would be waived.
The Deputy Mayor noted that the council would use the courts as a last resort to pressure defaulting tax payers since the council is desperately in need of revenue.
The deputy mayor said due to the overwhelming response by some property owners in clearing their accounts with City Hall the amnesty program is now extended to December 15. And the council is in a slight position to offset some of its expenses.
City Hall has since reported that since October 15 it has accumulated 18 million dollars in taxes through the amnesty collection but it is far from the council’s projected target of 130 million dollars monthly.
The council is therefore encouraging citizens to clear their accounts since it is likely that the program might not be extended after the current deadline.