Subsequent to a meeting with the Ministry of Local Government and Minister responsible V. Alfred Gray, the Central Abaco District Council (CADC) received a boost of $42,000 to help cover recurring commitments after previously not receiving their full allotment.
In early August the CADC, which is made up of the Murphy Town, Dundas Town and Marsh Harbour/Spring City Town Committees, met to discuss dealing with this shortfall and agreed to send representatives to the Ministry of Local Government to plead their case.
Despite an estimated $1.4 million being allotted to the CADC during the Central Government’s budget debates, they found themselves cut back to just over $1 million. The CADC then shares their budget with the three town committees.
However, when the allotments were put in their respective accounts a portion of the funds were withheld causing major concerns for the town committees who had already renewed contracts for upkeep, maintenance and garbage collection among other obligations.
Collectively they were short just under $50,000.
After meeting with Mr. Gray and the Ministry of Local Government they reached an agreement to recoup $42,000 of the shortfall with a promise to return the allotment to the right amounts in October.
On September 4 the Council met to divide the money with the three townships to ensure contracts and obligations continue to be met.