The Freundel Stuart administration will shortly be
bringing to the House of Assembly the Consolidation Tax
and the Municipal Solid Waste Tax for approval by
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris
Sinckler made this disclosure today while delivering the
keynote address at a seminar sponsored by the National
Productivity Council at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford
Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael.
He dismissed Opposition claims that the Municipal Solid
Waste Tax was a land tax and noted that some people
have been wondering why government has called it a
municipal tax when Barbados does not have municipalities.
“This is extremely misguided ignorance. Municipal
waste is a designation given to a particular type of waste
and not a geographic designation or a civic governmental
designation of waste. In the practice of environmental
waste management and solid waste management, the
term municipal waste refers to traditional household and
commercial trash and does not refer to a municipality
as some have been suggesting. That distinguishes it from
industrial waste or chemical waste or hazardous waste or
any other type of waste.
“It is a term of trade and practice and therefore for
those who have been running around giving the impression
that we created a tax and did not know what tax we had
created, I encourage them to read a little more and they
will pick up on these matters,” Sinckler added.
Addressing the issue of the introduction of the two
bills, Sinckler said: “Very shortly I shall take to Parliament
legislation to put into law in terms of permanence, the
Consolidation Tax. That tax is expected to expire on
March 31, 2015 and it will expire on that date. That is
what the law will say and that is what will happen.
“The Municipal Solid Waste Tax that will go
to Parliament next month, but as you would have
remembered from the budget, that tax will not take effect
until 2015, therefore it is not true to say as some people
have been saying that the Commissioner of Land Tax is
trying to collect tax or will be trying to collect without the
appropriate legislation. The tax is not applicable until 2015.
We will enact the legislation anyway in 2014, but it will
not be applicable until 2015. The Municipal Solid Waste
Tax is not a land tax and is not expected to be and is not
expected to perform as a land tax. It is erroneous and
foolhardy of anyone to look at the traditional land tax and
transpose that as a municipal tax and try to come up with
a figure,” Sinckler added.
Sinckler disclosed that tomorrow Cabinet will approve
the Bill to be drafted, pointing out that it is a very simple
Bill, details of which will be shared prior to its laying and
debate in parliament. (NC)