I find it interesting how an individual’s viewpoint on social issues can change so much depending on geography: if I or many others who contribute (?) had written Jessie’s last post, and only 2 words were changed, I feel sure that many on one side of this issue would be suddenly on the other?
Change Belize to Mexico, and San Pedro (ok, so its 3 words) to Phoenix (or Dallas or San Antonio etc) and the emotions shift!
Does anyone blame the non local labor market for trying to earn more, and send money home to their families? Are the developers at fault for seeking profitability? Or the new owners for wanting to buy in a beautiful country?
Constructive ideas on any side of a volatile issue are welcomed by all reasonable people, but the glaring and obvious problem is that local government is under funded, and cannot provide social and civil services as the population base expands, be it from imported workers and their families, or new residents.
If the GOB does not provide for local revenues collected to stay within the district, then the Chamber and Local Government representatives may wish to consider lobbying for legislation that would provide for a portion (50%, 75%? I don’t know, not being a local economist)of property taxes collected to stay within the region they are collected in for the specific purpose of infrastructure improvements?
Is there any other reasonable and feasible solution to the under funding problem other than levying fair and appropriate property taxes?
Edited by pugwash (02/13/08 04:31 PM)
Edit Reason: 6th word changed from "that" to "an": wrong word in rewriting, sorry Jessie
It's rarely rocket science, it's usually just math: then again if you can't do the math.......