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Netherlands Blocks Sint Eustatius Budget

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
14 December, 2016

The Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius has had its 2017 Budget rejected by the Netherlands' Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk.

The law governing the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba requires the Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations to approve an island's budget. Plasterk refused to approve Sint Eustatius's 2017 Budget because the estimated staff budget was "too tight", no account was taken of contingencies, and the expenditure envisaged for the implementation of the Plan of Approach, a plan addressing the administrative and financial problems of the Sint Eustatius Government, was insufficient.

It is now up to Sint Eustatius' Executive Council to draft a new budget that complies with the law. Until a budget is approved, all of Sint Eustatius' expenses from January 1, 2017, must be submitted for approval to the Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations.

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