Falmouth has been without a permanent home for its tax office for some time now. For years, it was located at the old home of John Tharpe at 1 Tharpe Street. The slavery era building deteriorated rapidly (that building is now part of the Falmouth Pier property). The office moved nearby, to Seaboard Street, even before the port development began.
With the port development, the tax office was given notice to make way for a souvenir store and moved provisionally to a building on the Hampden Wharf. Finally, on November 2, 2015, the Falmouth Tax Office was relocated to the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church Education Centre, 31 King Street, Falmouth. That is its current location, owned by the William Knibb Baptist Church.
It is therefore a necessary move to build a permanent home for the tax office. The new offices are expected to provide improved and efficient tax services to the public.
At the time of writing, Falmouth News was not able to ascertain the future location of the new Falmouth Tax Office. Neither were we able to find out when the project will begin.
The new tax office in Falmouth is one of 3 offices to be upgraded as part of a 798.7 million allocation set aside in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The other 2 projects are $478 million for the relocation of the Accountant General’s Department and $224 million to refurbish the facilities of the Jamaica Conference Centre.