You Can Only Spend What You Have! Works Minister Makes Case For More Resources

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(PLTM) - The infrastructure of the Territory requires urgent attention, but Minister of Communications and Works, Hon. Kye Rymer wants residents to understand that the financing is not available to cover the multiple needs.

With an annual budget of $400M, opponents of the Government believes that more can be done to fix roads, water and other pressing needs

“I heard the members speak about the annual budget, it sounds good hearing that we have a budget of Four Hundred Million Dollars annually,” Hon. Rymer told the House of Assembly.

However, he stated that he wanted persons to know for development projects in his ministry that includes water, roads, Administration Complex, Burt Point Sewage Plant, East End Long Look Sewage Plant there is only $12 to $16 million budgeted to get anything done.

“Madam Speaker, I just want it to be known that is not for lack of wanting to get these things done. But it’s because you can only spend what you have. I know my good Minister of Finance has committed to getting some money so that we can achieve all these outstanding issues,” Hon. Rymer explained.

He stated that the ministry will be focused on improving the water supply, improving sewage system, and developing renewable energy, road improvement, enhancing transportation, and improving the city of Road Town.

“Madam Speaker we have quite a lot of projects to complete, we have some policy changes to make as well, and we will be bringing those to this honorable House of Assembly,” Hon. Rymer stated.

The Minister stated that they will be issuing an expression of interest to obtain the services of a reputable and qualified company to replace and upgrade the water distribution network through a public private partnership engagement.

He committed that the Burt Point Sewage Plant would be up and going by summer this year. Further works include the asphalt plant coming on stream which will help with the resurfacing of roads, which are in dire need of assistance.

“We have the West End Ferry Terminal also and we’re hoping to get that started later this year, and the works continues on the Administration Complex,” Hon. Rymer stated.

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