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St. Maarten's planned Justice Park ‘killed’ in its present form

FRIDAY, 10 MAY 2013

PHILIPSBURG–The planned multi-million dollar justice park for Cay Hill has been “killed” in its present form, says the incoming coalition of the United People’s (UP) party, Democratic Party (DP) and independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville.

New coalition MPs said Wednesday that the project of current Justice Minister Roland Duncan is dead in its present form. They agreed that the facilities the park would create are needed, but they see the need for more preventative programmes and projects.

MP Roy Marlin (DP) said the size of the planned park, the financing scheme and other aspects will have to be reviewed. The committee for financial supervision CFT has also signalled its disapproval of the planned park with a consequence that the Kingdom Council of Ministers has considered issuing government an instruction related to the park.

As for the motion tabled by Laville during the budget debate, Marlin said it has no financial consequences on the budget as is, but the project as formulated by Duncan would have serious repercussions for the country in the future if it was allowed to go through.

Meanwhile, the 2013 budget, though passed by parliament in April, has not yet been signed into law. The holdup is not clear, according to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams.

The incoming finance minister is expected to table amendments and corrections to the budget to bring it more in line with what the new coalition wants. MP Marlin said maybe some of his revenue generating suggestions will be included in place of increased taxes.

“A lot of cohesion between parliament and the Council of Ministers” is expected in order to get the budget corrected, said Marlin.

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