A copy of the 2021 Budget Estimates for Increased Revenue Collection from the Ministry of National Security has been circulating on social media platforms, sparking concerns over the increased rates.
Some of the items in the leaked document, indicated recommendations for increase in the renewal of Driver License from $187.50 EC to $300.00 EC, increase in Firearms License renewal from $350.00 EC to $1000.00 EC, inter alia.
The VONNEWSLINE contacted Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley who clarified if these estimates in the document are true and if and when they will be implemented:
Given the current financial constraints caused by the pandemic; are the estimated rate increases fair?
This was Premier Brantley’s response: