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MAPP: Tax Refund Checks Could Be In The Mail This Week


$800M DEAL DONE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Government House says that people can start looking forward to receiving their income tax refunds as early as this week as a result of the closing of the ratified operating agreement between the Virgin Islands government and Limetree Bay Terminals LLC.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp has directed the immediate release of $22 million for the payment of income tax refunds, according to a statement from Government House.

“The closing went well and as planned,” Mapp said. “Once again, I thank the members of my team, the 31st Legislature, ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC, and the community at large for their support in moving this important agreement forward.”

Mapp has also directed that Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens pay $50 million on the Government’s line of credit; pay $11 million to the Water and Power Authority for outstanding streetlight obligations; pay up to $20 million for legal and professional fees for the tax litigation claims and the operation agreement transaction costs.

In addition, the governor has directed OMB Director, Nellon Bowry to use an amount up to $25 million to restore the 5% percent allotment reduction to every executive department and agency.

At closing, many of the transactional provisions of GVI – Limetree Bay Terminal agreement were executed. The Government’s escrow agent received the cash payment of $220 million.

The deeds to the real estate, land, housing, community center, and vocational school will be filed with the Office of the Recorder of Deeds on January 5; and the keys and security codes will be transferred to the government as well, Mapp said.

“As I have said, the ratification of the operating agreement and the receipt of money does not solve the financial woes of the territorial government,” Mapp said. “We have bought some time to get our financial house in order. In the coming weeks, I will announce the implementation of some long outstanding step increases due and owing to the employees of the Government of the Virgin Islands.”

The governor said that his “administration is pleased that we are able to make this announcement of the closing and the receipt of the assets on the eve of our first anniversary in office.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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