In the holiday spirit, the Central Abaco District Council held its final meeting for the year on December 3 by inviting its three town committees and the statutory boards to attend as observers and share in refreshments afterwards. Chief Councillor George Cornish felt that the various local government bodies would benefit by seeing how the Council functioned.
The meeting was minimal on serious business. Mr. Cornish explained that the legislation has been passed to allow councils to collect property taxes in their areas. The regulations are not yet drawn up. It is known that the councils will be able to retain a percentage to be used for capital improvements. Council budgets at present cover only recurrent expenses. Mr. Cornish is hoping that councils will be able to retain 20 percent of the total collected.
Administrator Preston Cunningham announced that he is being transferred to the Freeport local government office effective before Christmas. Administrator Charles Moss is being assigned to replace Mr. Cunningham.
Prior to the official meeting, Raymond Fowler addressed the group on his plans for establishing a touristic farm featuring a holistic approach between agriculture and our visitors. He was encouraged to proceed with his vision.
The short meeting concluded with catered food brought in and all getting a robust meal.