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Barbados: Govt to review new water tax on hotels

Tourism and industrial businesses could receive an ease after all from the massive rise in their water bills occasioned by Government’s Garbage and Sewage Contribution (GSC) levy announced on Monday by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley as part of her economic recovery plan.

While not promising to reverse the decision, Mottley today hinted at the possibility of a review of the process with a view to implementing a cap on payments.

Hoteliers have complained that the GSC, which will require them to pay a levy equivalent to 50 per cent of their water bills effective August 1, would send their bills skyrocketing.

In fact, outgoing Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers said yesterday some hotels on the west coast were paying as much as $40,000 per month for water, and the tax would push their bills up to a whopping $60,000 a month.

In response to those complaints, Mottley today told the BHTA’s annual general meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, that her administration would “assess the situation” with a view to possibly setting a new fee for the tourism industry and the “industrial sector”.

She also indicated that special systems would be put in place to ensure they did not unfairly pay more than their fair share of the new tax.

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