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Budget debate moves online amid reports of positive COVID case

Budget debate moves online amid reports of positive COVID case

The House of Assembly’s (HOA) debate on the 2022 budget scheduled for tomorrow, December 14, has been changed to a virtual event.
Information reaching BVI News is that budget proceedings have shifted online because a member of the House has tested positive for COVID-19.

When contacted last evening, Speaker of the House Julian Willock did not fully address the matter.

“Speaker of the House of A[ssembly] Hon J.W. declined to comment on the COVID matter but confirmed the budget debate will be held virtually,” Willock said in a message to our news team,” Willock said in a WhatsApp message to BVI News.

Our news centre also tried contacting Premier Andrew Fahie and the Minister of Health Carvin Malone for a comment but neither responded to our questions up to publication time.

Efforts to reach Opposition Leader Marlon Penn for comment were also futile.

Meanwhile, reports that a legislator tested positive come as the number of active cases in the territory surges to 40 and the COVID-19 death toll, as of December 10, now stands at 39; up from 38 reported a week earlier.

As for the budget and upcoming debate, Premier Andrew Fahie had announced the estimated fiscal budget for next year to be $397.17 million. Premier Fahie said $337 million will go towards recurrent expenditure, $39.4 million for capital expenditure, $5.85 million is for contributions to various statutory funds, and $14.96 million will go towards the repayment of the principal on the BVI’s debts.

Estimated revenues for 2022 is $356.7 million. Some $323.2 million of this amount will come from taxes while $33.5 million will come from other revenue sources.

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