Opposition chides Gov’t for $15 million under spend last fiscal year

Providenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – Despite plans and a decision to go past 6pm with debate on the Budget Communication which was yesterday delivered by the Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick… the House of Assembly broke off early and will resume this morning with contributions on the fiscal plan and other business continuing. Naturally, all of the knocking and support and kudos which Minister Misick received for his presentation on the PNP Administration’s fiscal plan did not go without a counter perspective; the Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson had a long list of undones by the Government.

“But we do have primary health care Mar. Speaker and many other departments in health that remain under the Government and are without adequate resources, not just building, Mr. Speaker but without basic medication, basic medical supplies, clinical supplies. Mr. Speaker the Ministry of Education had one of the highest under spending, 1.3 million; Mr. Speaker the Ministry of Finance under spent by $1.5 million; Home Affairs, Lord knows I was looking for the juvenile facility, under spent $802 thousand; Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Mr. Speaker under spent by almost a half million dollars; Tourism, Heritage etc. under spent by $323 thousand, as we go down, the Governor’s Office under spent $187 thousand; the Premier’s Office under spent by $125 thousand; but Mr. Speaker the Police even had money left, $100 thousand under spent by; AG Chamber’s just under a hundred thousand (dollars) and Mr. Speaker, Youth and Sports under spent!”

Hon. Sharlene Robinson continued: “Worthy of note Mr. Speaker is that the total expenditure before Capital contribution is $187, 624, 309 with a revised expenditure $191,464,960; forecast out turn $175,615,520 which is lower than what was budgeted for in the beginning. The total under spending for the past year, Mr. Speaker, for this year is $15,849,440.”

The Administration has presented a $224.7 million budget; up 9% over last fiscal year.

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