At Monday’s statutory meeting, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown took the decision to raise the compliance certificate fee from 0.1 per cent to 0.75 per cent of the property value. The decision to increase the fee comes after the M&CC would have seen an influx of persons applying for compliance certificates.The new fee increase comes into effect on January 1, 2018. The Finance Committee in its report noted that the Council is currently supplying persons with these certificates in order to facilitate property sales at prices that do not take into account the costs attached to the preparation of the document. The decision to increase the fee was not unanimous since some of the Councillors felt that the increase was too steep and suggested a 0.25 per cent instead of the 0.75 per cent but when it came to the vote, that was defeated. For years the M&CC has been complaining that it is financially strapped, often resulting in the late payment of salaries and wages in addition to the non-payment of contractors. Mayor Patricia Chase Green said the revenue base of City Hall needs to be broadened and as a result, the rise in fees are justified.She quite often states that the City have been collecting the same amount of money since 1992 which is not enough to offset its expenses.
Celtic crashed out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage for the second successive season after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Swedish side Malmo.Markus Rosenberg put Malmo ahead on away goals after their vital injury-time goal at Celtic Park last week.Felipe Carvalho doubled the lead on the night in what was a deserved victory against a nervous-looking Celtic.The game began at a blistering pace with both teams looking like they would get an early goal as the first leg scorers Leigh Griffiths and Jo Inge Berget went close for Celtic and Malmo respectively.Then the hosts struck after 22 minutes as captain Rosenberg ghosted into the box to head in from a corner to put Malmo in the lead on the away goals for the first time in the tie.Frustration seemed to boil over as Griffiths could have been seen red for appearing to knee Anton Tinnerholm in the groin region after accusing the Malmo man of wasting time.Celtic’s route back into the game – and the Champions League – was controversially denied on 41 minutes when Nir Bitton was judged to have pushed a Malmo defender as he won his header to pull a goal back.Replays showed that Bitton made little contact and that the Malmo defender actually handled the ball prior to it hitting the back of the net.Craig Gordon pulled off two wonder saves to keep out Malmo after half-time, but from the resulting corner the hosts scored again with what was an exact copy of the first goal as Carvalho headed in.Ronny Deila’s men continued to look for that elusive goal but were unable to create anything clear-cut and will again have to settle for a spot in this season’s Europa League. 1 Markus Rosenberg