The solid waste tax is a load of garbage.
First of all it has nothing to do with household waste. It’s simply an increase in land tax.
I can afford to pay it, but how many people, especially pensioners, who have been struggling to own a piece of the ‘rock” with their hard-earned
savings, can afford to pay such an exorbitant increase.
This vicious tax, coupled with the prime minister’s recent rant in Parliament about the ‘political class’, simply shows how out of touch the present government is with the people.
The two political parties along with the bureaucracy, which Errol Barrow presciently called an army of occupation, must recognise that they do not have the answers to every problem in Barbados. The better solutions lie with civil society. We must find a way to tap the ideas of NGOs, the media, churches, businesses, trade unions etc on an ongoing basis, especially when our society faces a crisis.
If the government had listened to civil society we would not be in the garbage-filed hole up to our necks we are in now.
I hope the Opposition will pledge not only to repeal the tax when they assume office shortly, but also to refund the taxpayers every cent they have paid of this nefarious and iniquitous tax.
– PETER LAURIE