Garbage fees are billed to residences and businesses every six months - in January and June each year. Each residential billing shows $50 for the provision of garbage collection. The rates billed to businesses vary according to the type and size of the business.
The present rates, unchanged since the 1990s, are insufficient to cover the cost of garbage collection. Additionally, the payment of garbage fees is not made by all those receiving the service.
Government, therefore, sought to recover more of the costs of providing the service and to find a way of improving the extent of payment for the service rendered.
To achieve better cost-recovery and collection, Government decided to increase import duty rates during its current financial year that will end on 30 June 2010.
As a result of the increased import duty rates that came into effect this month, the Government will realise six months of additional revenue from these enhanced rates this financial year - which is insufficient to cover the cost of garbage collection.
To move closer to covering the cost of garbage collection in this financial year, it is necessary to continue the usual six-month garbage collection billing and at the same time, carry-out the implementation of increased import duty rates.
The next financial year (2010/2011) will automatically carry a full year of revenue from the import duties introduced in January 2010. Accordingly, effective 1July 2010 onwards, Government intends to cease the usual six-monthly garbage fee billing and the collection from it.
The current January 2010 invoices will be the last direct invoices for garbage collection services.
However, it should be noted that if individuals or businesses are in arrears for garbage fees which relate to current or prior period billings, they will still be responsible for ensuring that these outstanding fees are paid and these customers will continue to receive requests for the payment of outstanding amounts.