08 Jun PNP CAUCUS AT KSAC REJECTS ENGAGING EXTORTIONISTS TO COLLECT MARKET FEES
Kingston, Jamaica, June 7, 2017: The minority caucus at the KSAMC views with deep consternation and rejects totally the suggestion of engaging extortionists to collect fees, as mooted by Councillor John Myers and reported in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Any idea of engaging extortionists to act in any capacity on behalf of the state is absurd and cannot be countenanced by any law abiding Jamaican; and certainly should never have been thought of, in the first place, much less uttered by an elected city official and leader.
It is regrettable that the Chairman did not entertain any discussion on the matter when the idea was placed on the table to expressed approval of Councillor Myers’ JLP colleagues.
We, the minority Caucus of the KSAMC, wish to remind the nation that during our last administration, we partnered with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to rid Old Wolmer’s Yard of the unsavory elements that had illegally taken over the car park. The benefit of which was having residents and visitors alike, being able to park their vehicles there and being able to pay members of the KSAMC and not thugs. Working with law enforcement is the only option to solve the challenges in the collection of market fees.
Since the ridiculous utterance, Councillor Duane Smith, Chairman of the Commercial Services Committee has decided to dissociate himself from the suggestion; and we are pleased that Councillor Smith has corrected himself on this matter.
Any idea of including extortionists as revenue collectors is a retrograde step and can only fan the flames of illegality and corruption.
We continue to press for solution to raise the revenue intake of the Corporation. Using the comparison of expenditure for FY 2017/2018 which was estimated at $300 million in comparison to the expected $150 million dollars in revenuenow projected, the Minority Caucus asked for a fulsome discussion on gap in our budget, but this was rejected by Cllr Smith.