In assisting the Mayor and City Council to collect the much-needed outstanding revenue, the Valuation Department will soon begin revaluing a number of properties.
In an invited comment, the acting Chief Valuation Officer, Compton Outar, said that during last week the department received a list from the Mayor and his department. It is currently working on the list of properties which need to be revalued.
According to Mr. Outar, the last revaluation was done back in 1997. Following this, he said, he was informed that a list of properties was given to a private firm operated by one Hugo Curtis.
Outar said that this now poses a problem for his department, since another list has been submitted to his department, and some of the properties on the list that was submitted to the private firm are also on the list submitted to his department.
“We now have to ensure that when we go about doing our job now we don’t duplicate what the private firm has done already,” Outar said.
He said that the process would have been much easier if there had not been a breakdown between the Mayor and City Council and his department.
According to Outar, when persons submit a plan of their building to the Council for an extension, the Council, in the past, would make the information available to the Valuation Department, but that has since ceased.
Outar said that the department would commence work once his staff would have ensured that the 150 names on the list submitted to him are not on the list which the private firm has.
Already, Outar said, his workers have begun visiting businesses on Regent Street, but are encountering difficulties, since at many of the premises visited the owners were not present.
Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green, keeps insisting that his Council’s revenue base would be a little better if persons would pay up their rates and taxes.
He said that it was found that persons were paying residential taxes on buildings which have businesses operating in these residential properties. “If it is corrected, then it will add to our revenue base,” Green has said.
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