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Taxes too high on lights

JUSTIN MARVILLE, [email protected]

Taxes too high on lights

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Night racing won’t be coming to light any time soon.

The Barbados Turf Club (BTC) has hit yet another snag, having encountered high import duties and taxes on the 28 floodlights that are to be erected at the Garrison Savannah.

BTC chief executive officer Rosette Peirce gave reason for the delay eight months after Turf Club president Sir David Seale initially projected night racing to start around this time of year.

“After we finally got the permission, we were prepared to start but the duties and taxes are somewhat prohibitive, so we are trying to work with the Government to address that because the lights are not the only thing we’re looking to pay for,” Peirce explained in a telephone interview with WEEKEND SPORT.

Quite costly

“We are yet to get a meeting with the minister about what we’re facing and what we are trying to do because we have to upgrade the facility but it’s quite costly, so we are hoping if we don’t have to pay the taxes on the lights, that money will go towards improving the facility by redoing the jogging track and the other surrounding infrastructure because we don’t only want to focus on just horse racing in the Garrison area,” she added. (JM)

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