City Coun­cil to seize mov­able prop­erty from de­fault­ing ratepay­ers

-five busi­nesses served with no­tices

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

The Ge­orge­town Mayor and City Coun­cil (M&CC) will be mov­ing to seize mov­able prop­erty as part of its ef­forts to re­cover bil­lions of dol­lars owed by the delin­quent ratepay­ers.

“We are go­ing af­ter those de­fault­ers to re­cover the sums owed to us which is in ex­cess of $4 bil­lion...,” Town Clerk Roys­ton King told Stabroek News.

King said that the (M&CC) has served no­tices to five com­pa­nies within the city in­form­ing them of the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion in the event that they do not clear their debts within 14 days.

The five com­pa­nies served with no­tices are: Jaikar­ran and Sons of Lot 8, Com­pany Path, South Cum­mings­burg; Parker & Com­pany Ltd, of 21 Wa­ter Street, South Cum­mings­burg; Wraylite En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany Ltd, of 1866, North Ruimveldt; Cen­tral Garage Inc. West Ruimveldt In­dus­trial Site; and JR Vieira In­vest­ments Ltd, Meadow Bank, Hous­ton, East Bank De­mer­ara.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil’s records, Jaikar­ran and Sons owes a whop­ping $129 mil­lion, while JR Vieira In­vest­ments Ltd owes ap­prox­i­mately $50 mil­lion; Wraylite En­gi­neer­ing owes some $33 mil­lion; Cen­tral Garage Inc owes $30 mil­lion; and Parker & Com­pany owes in ex­cess of $18 mil­lion.

In the let­ters seen by this news­pa­per and served to the com­pa­nies, the coun­cil ex­plained that the amounts owed are ac­cu­mu­la­tive fig­ures, which in­clude taxes and in­ter­est.

The no­tices were served, King said, in an ef­fort to avoid cries of “un­fair­ness or in­jus­tice” from those per­sons who have owed the coun­cil for over a decade.

“…It is not like we have not pleaded and ex­tended le­niency to them to set­tle their ac­counts. They con­tinue to ig­nore the coun­cil. Big busi­nesses con­tinue to ig­nore the coun­cil and even the amnesty,” he said in ref­er­ence to amnesty pro­grammes that were con­ducted by the coun­cil to se­cure pay­ments.

King said that while the ju­di­cial process for auc­tion­ing prop­er­ties that are de­fault­ing is very cum­ber­some, the Mu­nic­i­pal and District Coun­cils Act clearly pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive op­tion by mov­ing against mov­able prop­erty. He added that the M&CC has asked its lawyers to pre­pare the nec­es­sary pa­per­work for the court and within the next two weeks it would be mov­ing to seize move­able prop­erty.

Un­der the law, King said, the M&CC can move against mov­able prop­erty be­long­ing to delin­quent prop­erty own­ers even if it is not on the prop­erty for which it is in ar­rears.

King in­di­cated that the coun­cil would not sit idly by while big busi­ness get away with not pay­ing their taxes “when we have pen­sion­ers, we have or­di­nary prop­erty own­ers who are com­ing and pay­ing and set­tling their ac­counts.”

Roys­ton King

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