Editorial Not decimated but badly bruised

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcistrong, #TCIwillrebuild Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Some Turks and Caicos Islands residents do not like how some international media are portraying the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irma.   They think the stories are far flung, short-sighted and lopsided.    That the reporters are only capturing what was destroyed, not what withstood the treacherous system on September 7, 2017 or what is already being rebuilt.There are those who wish it would be said that TCI buildings proved, in large part to be tougher than the super typhoon which was much oh so more than a Cat5 in strength.    And that electricity restoration is happening at rapid pace on the so called Caicos Islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales.While it is clear some disgruntled writings are also laced with fantasies about how grim it really is for the country, there are indeed pockets of sunshine amidst the real mess mostly Irma has left behind.Still, to me and many others it does stifling harm to those seriously struggling since the hurricane when there are talks about it not being ‘that bad’ despite the early September hurricane cutting the resort availability down to four properties, forcing major employer and tourist draw, Beaches TCI to take a 90 day closure for rebuilding, destroying whole apartment complexes, cutting off employment, bringing damage to all but one public school and hurricane Irma caused at least three islands to be classified as in a State of Emergency.While figures on how man structures and vehicles were damaged, how many people were displaced and how much hurricanes Irma and Maria will cost us; we can say that our country risk insurance (CCRIF) gave us $13.6m in claims money.  Following  hurricanes Hanna and Ike in 2008, the payout was less that half of that.Yes there is evidence of a country on the rebound, resilient to withstand history’s strongest hurricane; but there is also evidence of a country badly wounded and in desperate need of repair and resuscitation.Both positions can be the story simultaneously and for the Turks and Caicos both states of being are our reality.   But since we are a country and community so closely woven that we feel each other’s pain, and as long as people are homeless, jobless, roofless, school-less, car-less and business-less; it is ‘that bad.’And that fact is not make believe.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIwillrebuild#tcistrong Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Day for Turks and Caicos, Southwest Airlines marks first flight PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction Recommended for you NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIAlast_img read more

25 of San Diego property owners paid bills early to avoid new

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom January 4, 2018 Posted: January 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a ”mad dash” to take advantage of uncapped property tax deductions before the new tax law went into effect this year, 25 percent of San Diego County property owners paid their bills early, the county treasurer’s office said Thursday.The office of Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister received almost 72,000 more second installment property tax payments than this time last year. Some 41,000 of those payments were made in the last three days of 2018, McAllister said.The office received 255,407 second installment payments before Jan. 1, compared to 183,808 by the same time last year, according to the treasurer’s office.Property tax payments are due in two installments, on Nov. 1 and April 10.Many people who paid their second installment before the beginning of this year were looking to take advantage of the unlimited property tax dedications for federal income tax under the old set of rules, McAllister said.Under the new system signed into law by President Trump in December, people can only deduct up to $10,000 in property, state and local tax payments from their federal tax burden.Prepaying property taxes could be advantageous for those who itemize their taxes, usually pay more than $10,000 in state and local taxes and are not subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, tax experts told various media outlets. 25% of San Diego property owners paid bills early to avoid new tax laws Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more