More fee increases were approved by the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly last Wednesday as government struggled to balance its budget without enacting direct taxation measures.
A number of new or additional charges will affect businesses who apply for music and dancing licenses.
Those charges include a new $50 application fee for all new licences. Annual licence fees will go from $100 to $500 under the amendments to the Music and Dancing Control Law.
Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush acknowledged the steep increase Wednesday but also noted that fees for those licenses had not been increased since 1995.
Fees increased for licences required for a period of less than a year to $500. For temporary licences, fees would also increase to $300 under the newly-approved amendments. Occasional music and dancing licences (per day licences) would go to $300.
Any requests for variation of current music and dancing licences would cost $100.
All applications for music and dancing licences made prior to the new law taking effect would be charged according to the previous lower rates.
Those who seek special licences to get married in the Cayman Islands, mainly tourists, will also see a new application fee of $50 added to their bill. The actual licence will cost $150. That fee can be refunded if the application is denied for some reason.
Attorneys will also see a large increase in their practitioner’s licence.
Amendments to the Legal Practitioners Law approved Wednesday would increase those charges from the current $300 to $2,000.
There were no objections or even any questions raised about the new fees during LA’s Wednesday sitting.
‘We are appreciative of the efforts to help us raise funds, so there shouldn’t be any complaints being raised,’ Mr. Bush said.