The amount of money owed to the Cayman Islands government is
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,
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
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