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New tax to be levied on northern residents

Date Posted: 2006-03-03

Six northern Okinawa municipalities will next year see their tax responsibilities increased.

Residents of Nago City, Kunigami, Higashi, Ogami and Ginoza Villages and Kin Town are going to be hit with a new source tax. The mayors of these communities made the announcement Monday, saying they’re now trying to study how other cities, towns and villages are handling their financial woes. The key is how to operate the new tax systems.

The group chose Yoshikazu Shimabukuro of Nago City as its chairman. The group will attempt to “keep forests in good condition, reduce staff payrolls and keep the environment clean.” The source tax means an environmental tax to protect forestlands. “It will be added to water charges,” said one official.

The plan was first discussed in 1995, but changes triggered by the Trinity Reform Plan last year have pressured the cities, towns and villages to take more rigid measures to cut costs and increase revenues. Shimabukuro, the Nago City mayor, says “because we can’t get much budget from the prefecture of central government, and since we still need to protect the water supplies, we must take this action.”

He says there are dams in place, and they continue to be required to protect the water supplies. Still, he says, there’s a need to do more.

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