21 Feb 2003

Marshalls businesses oppose bill on local government tax

4:25 pm on 21 February 2003

The Majuro Chamber of Commerce has come out against a proposed law that could see some tax increases in the Marshall Islands.

The business leaders have decided to write to President Kessai Note urging him to oppose the bill which could allow the local government to tax telephone calls, internet usage and port activities, such as tuna transhipments.

The head of the Marshall Energy Company says if the bill becomes law local taxes could be levied on all utilities, such as power and water.

But the mayor, Mudge Samuel, said before the bill's introduction that the local government was entitled to a share of the port revenue.