Welcome Back

In honor of my sister’s Octogenarian birthday, yes, she is my older sister, you missed eleven columns. I always wonder about my ability to be totally involved one day, and completely detached the following, is it normal?

My time away was intense. I experienced so much on many levels, but the following statement still stands true: It’s so nice to be home, I love my Island, garden, dogs & bed…. And in that order.

A few of the column’s readers questioned my silence, writer’s block they asked concerned? Did the cat bite your tongue?  Don’t tell me you ran out of stories?!

No, to all. But a periodic break feels good.

So what happened here while I was gone? I still have to go through the papers.

Bo a tende di e $1.50 pa noche garbage tax pa e resortnan cu lo bai bin?

Otmar mester su pot pa e incinerator

AHATA. ATA. Kamber. ATSA, ta fada y nan kier sigui cu ECOTECH cu ta OK, y no lo costa Aruba mas placa.

BTW: BBO lo bira 10%.

I celebrated over cake and fire-crackers, who cares, family first, “Après moi, le deluge,” after me, let the floods come, I don’t give a hoot.

But I am back, and the messages ARE worth exploring.

I heard about the garbage tax earlier this year, apparently AHATA is fighting the additional burden, but the MinInfra is a believer. He believes in the incinerator, a wonder of technology, and will most probably shove it down our communal throats.

Fact. We must find a good solution to our garbage challenges.

Turning our trash into energy is a secondary goal, we’re too small to make it profitable, but we MUST win the battle against household and commercial trash.

And a proposed law is sitting in the in-box at RvA.  It would introduce that tourist trash levy, earmarked for Serlimar. We’ll see what the wise ones decide.

BBO to 10%? Wow. That is an unsubstantiated rumor. As far as I understand, down the road, the tax WILL be reformed, but if above rumor is true, it means consumers will be paying about 30% in tax by the time goods hit shelves, all neatly hidden in the general pricing.

Unfortunately, as long as GOA refuses to focus on the crux of the matter, ITS EXPENSES, SLOPPY ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL INEFFICIENCIES, they are going to tax the living daylight out of us.

And regarding tourist levies: In stage 4 of our over-rated tax reform – remember we are at stage 2 – GOA committed to review and reform all, taking into consideration the fact that visitors are starting to consider Aruba too expensive with several different cost increases, happening at the same time.

Additionally, GOA committed to sharing thoughts and exchanging views with stakeholders PRIOR to any reform implementation, but GOA doesn’t have a great track record on that – remember the recent sneaky minimum salary increase?

What will most likely be introduced shortly, is a new sin tax, which is rumored to be a big increase on carbonated drinks (soda / refresco). Well, they are bad for us, anyway!

Welcome back!

 

 

 

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