Poll: Spend less on projects

The largest segment of respondents to the most recent caycompass.com online poll think government should spend less on projects to make up for the expected revenue shortfall.

Of the 404 respondents, 182 people – 45 per cent – thought spending less was the best way to offset revenue decline.

‘If they want to save, like everyone else, spend less money,’ said one person. ‘We on the Brac could do with one bluff road east, one west and one central. This is more than enough as it stands right now. Save the $1million or so and help feed the poor who can’t provide for themselves or their families.’

Some respondents suggested government delay specific projects, with one saying the new Government Accommodation Building could wait.

Another suggested delaying schools.

‘This government is spending like there is no tomorrow,’ said a respondent. ‘Yes, we need to build new schools and new roads, but not all at one time. One school right now would have been fine. And we don’t need these ultra-fancy schools they’re planning. Use some common sense PPM!’

Another person echoed sentiments made by Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush.

‘Just like McKeeva said: they need to spend less.’

Another large segment of respondents – 150 people or 37.1 per cent – thought the best way to deal with the revenue shortfall was to reduce the size of government.

‘And stop these insane salaries for middle management and lower-level civil servants,’ said one person, adding that the employees of one department’s public relations unit make salaries worthy of vice presidents at PR firms.

‘Too many dead weight people are employed by government,’ said someone else. ‘As the old saying goes, 20 per cent of the people do 80 per cent of the work.’

Another person saw statutory authorities as wasteful.

‘There is a need for a complete review of the spending in the statutory authorities. There needs to be more consolidation of equipment. For example, why does the Port Authority need its own computer department when government has its own? There is too much double spending.’

Thirty-eight people – 9.4 per cent – thought the government should implement new revenue measures to offset the revenue shortfall.

‘You can increase the fees by about US$2 per cruise passenger for a start,’ said one person.

Of the remainder of the respondents, 20 people (5 per cent) said the government should hire a new accountant to deal with the shortfall; 10 people (2.5 per cent) thought there were other ways make up for the revenue decline; and only four people thought the government should borrow more money.

One person suggested casinos as a way of raising additional revenue; someone else suggested abandoning the rollover policy; and another respondent said the country should divest itself of Cayman Airways.