Editorial for 20 February: Little fiscal responsibility

The amount of money owed to the Cayman Islands government is
appalling.

Overall the government is owed about $16.5 million for
various things such as uncollected garbage fees, travel tax, overseas medical
payments for individuals who have insurance, development bank loans and more.

Then there are the obscure listings of $160,000 owed in four
separate debts for an unspecified agriculture loan and another $58,779 owed in
one debt for telephone charges.

In a recent survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce,
members were asked to rank what they thought of competence in government and
good governance in light of the upcoming May election.

With the woeful shape of our budget and the United Kingdom’s
hands throttling us from borrowing, those in government should be ashamed that
they have let slide $16.5 million.

Yes, government did collect about $83,000 in outstanding
debts from bad cheques in December and nearly $95,000 was collected from
various other debts in November, mainly for overseas medical debts and again,
bounced cheques.

But that isn’t enough.

Now our system for collecting and getting rid of garbage has
been suffering. Government is still owed $1.7 million in old garbage collection
fees that were never collected. Government stopped collecting those fees in
2010.

There are more than 6,000 public employees in the Cayman
Islands. The above figures prove that someone(s) in positions of responsibility
haven’t been doing their job(s).

We also hold elected officials responsible. Everyone who
campaigned for the 2009 election – and it’s a good bet everyone who will
campaign in this election – promised fiscal responsibility. The fact that this
territory is owed $16.5 million doesn’t prove fiscal responsibility, especially
in that of the ministries where the problems are most rife. As we listen to the
political wannabes as they hit the campaign trail, listen closely to their
words and if you vote for them, hold them to their promises and make them
accountable.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with this important Editorial. I disagree with the way our 6 million duty was thrown away by a guy that used to be our leader. I know he’s going to promise to get that 6 million back if he is put back at the head of our government but I did not just come down with the rain to fall for that so I am holding his failure to collect a lot of this money that is owed and one of the many hundreds of reasons not to vote for him or anyone associated with him to hold any office. It really hurts when we place our trust in a person to do what’s best for our country and they don’t care. All I want is a basic level of competence and there is no way we get that from him in leadership. He puts his needs first, his supporters second and us last. That’s no way to lead a country being third class citizens. The things he does and silly statements seems phony. We are sick and tired of Macaroni.

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  2. I suspected the bulk of the readers of this editorial would think of Mr Ryan and the 6 million allegedly owed the Cayman Islands government and leave it there.
    It is comforting to point the finger at Ryan rather than to look at ourselves. Recently there was a story that a fair percentage of people hadn’t paid traffic violations. How much money is owed the hospital and of course the uncollected garbage fees is well known.
    Somewhere it was written people in glass houses should not throw stones.

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