“Clearly the commercial banks will not extend interest free overdrafts to companies like ours to allow for Government’s inability to meet their obligations, so the financial challenges are further compounded as time goes by.”
“Many businesses have been forced to wait more than two years for submitted VAT refunds without any interest being paid.”
Indiscriminate garbage dumping linked to unrealistic tax structure
Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner
While at first this week’s column may seem to stray from the subject ‘matter’ and purpose, the consequence of certain actions has a direct negative effect on our tourism performance.
As a business we get absolutely no ‘free’ state collection of garbage.
We sort and separate everything we can with the wonderful assistance of B’s Recycling and virtually everything else we pay private contractors to collect and dispose of at a considerable cost.
Therefore when the Municipal Solid Waste Tax was imposed, almost without warning, the additional (in our case) $8,000 a year in further unbudgeted taxation was especially irksome as we have been asked to pay for something we do not in any way benefit from directly.
Compounding this already unfair situation is the announced tipping fee which the waste disposal companies will be forced to pass on to their customers like us.
This at a time when we are among many businesses who have been forced to wait more than two years for submitted VAT refunds without any interest being paid.
Clearly the commercial banks will not extend interest free overdrafts to companies like ours to allow for Government’s inability to meet their obligations, so the financial challenges are further compounded as time goes by.
From a tourism perspective, I also really also wonder if our policymakers have truly thought this through. While you cannot condemn any Government for indiscriminate dumping, clearly there has been a marked increase in this unfortunate practice, especially in some of our outstanding natural beauty spots. Does anyone think for a single second that our visitors do not notice these blights on our amazing landscape? Continue reading