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ADDRESS BY HON. DESMOND McKENZIE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH &THE OBSERVANCE OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON

Friday, June 02, 2017

The official observance of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season is a crucially important exercise. It is a potent symbol of the seriousness with which the Government takes the Hurricane Season. It is also one of the ways in which this Administration intends to sharply raise the current levels of public awareness and public acceptance of the need for a far greater level of disaster preparedness.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER BREAKS GROUND FOR $190 MILLION PORTMORE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION BUILDING

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, officially broke ground on Wednesday May 31 for the construction of a J$190 million Administrative Building for the Portmore Municipal Corporation.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER SIGNS $190 MILLION CONTRACT FOR NEW PORTMORE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION BUILDING

Monday, May 22, 2017
The caption is: Local Govt. Minister signs the contract of works for the new Portmore Municipal Corporation building.
L-R front row: Hugh Burton, HDB Construction Ltd., HM McKenzie, Portmore Mayor Leon Thomas, CEO, Portmore MC, Kerry Chambers. Mp for Sou

Local Government and Community Development Minister Hon. Desmond McKenzie has signed a J$190 million contract with HDB Construction Limited, to facilitate a modern Administrative Building for the Portmore Municipal Corporation.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER APPROVES J$175 MILLION IN EMERGENCY REPAIR FUNDING TO WORST AFFECTED PARISHES

Monday, May 15, 2017

Local Government and Community Development Minister Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has approved J$175 million in emergency funding, to address critical infrastructure repairs in six parishes that have been worst affected by weather conditions between May 21 and the past weekend.

Statement to the House of Representatives about the incidents of flooding and landslides in central, eastern and south-eastern parishes of Jamaica, by the Hon. Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Trough that affected the western Caribbean and brought sustained light to heavy rains to Jamaica since late last week, is expected to dissipate today

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER RAISES CONCERN ABOUT HIGH ACCIDENT RATES IN WESTMORELAND, AS AMBULANCE IS HANDED OVER TO THE PARISH

Friday, March 31, 2017

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Hon. Desmond McKenzie is expressing renewed concern that the high number of motor vehicle accidents across the island generally, and in Westmoreland in particular, is putting a great strain on the country’s health services.

Mobile property tax collection unit makes positive impact in St. Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the Jamaica Observer: Black River, St Elizabeth — The figures show gradual improvement year by year, but St Elizabeth remains among the most backward regions in terms of property tax collections. In late February, the south coast parish was running a 58 per cent property tax compliance rate for the 2016-17 financial year which will end on March 31. That’s up from 52 per cent at the same point the previous year, but still $300 million behind where tax collectors say it should be. No wonder then that St Elizabeth tax collectors recently welcomed with open arms, a new pilot project aimed at boosting collections using a mobile unit (small bus) to get to property owners in their communities.

JaBudget2017: Shaw warns of clampdown to collect $13.5b in property tax arrears

Friday, March 10, 2017

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw has announced that a new project is to be launched to collect approximately J$ $13.5 billion in outstanding Property Taxes.

Local Government Ministry to Carry Out Improvements to Bustamante’s Birthplace and Blenheim Community Centre

Monday, February 27, 2017
Hon. Minister Desmond McKenzie

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be undertaking significant improvement works at the Blenheim, Hanover, birthplace of National Hero, Sir William Alexander Bustamante. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie says the site of the former Prime Minister’s birth “requires a level of improvement, to a standard that is worthy of his status as the country’s first political leader elected under Universal Adult Suffrage, and as the first Prime Minister of Independent Jamaica. We also have a special interest in this, as Bustamante was a pioneer of Local Government who served as Mayor of Kingston in the late 1940s.”

Local Government To Allocate J$40 Million For Drought Relief

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Residents of communities severely affected by prevailing drought conditions in Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Hanover, will soon have their water access difficulties alleviated by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. J$40 million will be made available to provide potable water in this regard. The disclosure was made today by portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who noted that the Ministry’s initiative will support the national drought relief effort. “Our efforts as a Ministry will complement the primary response being carried out by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, under which the subject of Water falls. The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has the responsibility for minor water supply, and so we are proceeding, based on the information provided to us by the Municipal Corporations, to provide water in these parishes.”