Back to school and property tax.
The two major issues currently taking centre stage in our sweet twin island republic.
First the proposed half an hour lunch break for primary school kids.
President of the National Schools Primary Association, Cogland Griffith said the major issue is supervision of the children during the free time.
In the media, however, the story was construed as cut down violence by cutting down free time.
Griffith said this was just one of many suggestions made to the Ministry of Education which will be dealt with in the coming weeks.
Next we go to the burning issue of the property tax.
The Opposition, of course, sees the tax as overly oppressive.
And this time, there may actually be fire instead of just smoke, as per usual.
To the extent the Opposition will be holding consultations on the matter across the country.
There are many pressure points with this property tax that seems to pervade almost every strata in society
- The timing. The economy continues to restrict freedom of goods, services and movement, with businesses under pressure. Food prices are also set to increase, Of course Government needs to produce money, but isn’t foreign exchange more important at this time?
- Security. A number of stakeholders have raised this issues as a picture of the house or business place is necessary. Will important and confidential information remain that way?
- Use of funds. Movement for Social Justice Leader David Abdullah said funding gained from property tax should go to regional corporations. But will this be the case, or just another way for officials to line their own pockets?
It is coming up to crunch time in the country. When will things get too hard that we can’t take it anymore?
Or more importantly, when do we finally decide to draw the line?