Where’s our tax going? Maggie asks

Wednesday June 28, 2017 Written by Published in Local
George Maggie and his waterblaster gets stuck into cleaning the soon-to-be-whiter walls of the Cook Islands Christian Church in Avarua yesterday. 17062715 George Maggie and his waterblaster gets stuck into cleaning the soon-to-be-whiter walls of the Cook Islands Christian Church in Avarua yesterday. 17062715

George Maggie wants to know where all the money from his tax-paying constituents is going.

 

The Member of Parliament for Tupapa-Maraerenga wants the government to improve the roads in his seat, as they did in Takuvaine and Avatiu before the recent by-election there.

“Praise the Lord,” he says, “that is done …

“Now what about our roads?”

Maggie says he has about 1300 taxpayers in his seat and they pay a lot of money to the government.

“I want to see the tax taken from my people put back into the roads here.

“There are 1300 taxpayers in my village, compared with Northern Group and the Southern Group. Things are going over there to them, what about my village?

“They should bring the money back here.

“That’s why I am always asking the government ‘where’s my people’s tax? Where’s the money going? I want to see where my people’s money is being spent.”

Maggie spent yesterday morning water-blasting the walls of the Cook Islands Christian Church as part of his almost daily work around the community. He says it was the first church he went to but that today he doesn’t belong to any particular religion. “I belong to God.” And while he supports the government’s Budget he wants the tax taken off old-age pensions. “That’s why I wear the pink suit - it’s for no tax on pensions.”

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