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Tax passed

The Senate has given the green light for the introduction of the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

The bill was passed in the upper house this evening after hours of debate.

Parliamentary Secretary Senator Jepter Ince defended the introduction of the new tax, saying the former Barbados Labour Party administration had also set for a waste management levy.

“Tell me what the fuss is about when the stage was set by the Barbados Labour Party for that levy in 1995?” he queried.

Also defending the tax was Senator Andre Worrell, who argued that Government could not continue to bear the burden “alone for everything”.

“Persons would more or less start paying for the garbage which they contribute in terms of the disposal of that garbage,” he said, while suggesting that residents give serious consideration to making garbage earn more revenue for the country.

“It is necessary at this time. I know persons will have issues with the way it is being implemented and the time that it is coming but the reality is we are in a financial recession that has lasted a very long time . . . .”

Senator Worrell acknowledged concerns about homeowners who have one house on large plots of land.

However, he said he was confident the administration would consider “workable solutions” to address the issues.

Speaking along the same vein, Senator Reginald Hunte insisted that changes must take place.

“The persons who have lived off the country are the ones who refuse to make the necessary contribution to the revenue of this country,” he contended.

“If Government asks that the fee be paid, what is so wrong with that? We just can’t get everything for free,” he added.

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