The Hope Town District Council held a record breaking meeting on April 29, 2014.
During the Town Planning segment of the meeting, the Council approved $28,472,150.00 worth of home construction.
Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said, “This amount has far surpassed any other amount passed in a single meeting by this body since the inception of local government from 1996.”
Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham also stated that not only has the District Council broken a record of their own, but it is most likely that this approved amount is greater than any other district in the history of local government in The Bahamas.
Chief Councillor Sweeting used this point to reiterate and commented, “It is because we live in and operate in an extraordinary district that we should, and we must, receive an increase in our upcoming budget.”
He went further to say, “I trust that when the government debates the national budget in their upcoming budget debate in parliament, they consider the sheer volume of applications this council considers, which to handle applications correctly, results in site inspections. The cost of travel to the three cays in our district is astronomical, and we deserve an increase in our budget. Geographically our district is spread out over 30 miles. All of this construction that gets approved from month to month, among other revenue enhancers, this district pumps untold millions into the public treasury and I have the numbers to prove this. We need to be given serious consideration for an increase in our budget so that we may adequately carry out our duties and responsibilities for our communities, duties that we are mandated to carry out under the Local Government Act.”
The Hope Town District Council holds a town planning segment in their meeting each month during their District Council meetings.
The Chief Councillor puts out an annual District Council report every year. The report isn’t mandatory but it is very informative. The last fiscal year, the Hope Town District Council passed $40.6 million dollars-worth of home construction. The amount has averaged $40 million over the last five years. This amount will obviously be increased this year, with the single meeting approval of $28.4 million dollars in building application approvals.