April will bring a new tax on car and truck rentals. The $2 a day levy will be collected by rental agencies and is supposed to be sent to the Internal Revenue Bureau within 30 days of the end of the month, according to a report in the St. John Source. One business owner said, "Of course it will be passed on to the consumer."
A visitor from Connecticut was unconcerned, however. "What’s $2 a day for paradise," said Laura Lerman. Her husband, Kenneth, said everything else is so expensive that $2 more a day wouldn’t make a difference.
Of greater concern to all St. John residents and visitors is a new tax which will increase cost of items businesses bring to the island by container from St. Thomas. A container less than 40 feet long will be subject to a $50 tax, over 40 feet means a tax of $100. The owner of St. John Hardware, Tommy Bertolino, said the new tax is just another straw. He estimated that the cost of bringing a container across Pillsbury Sound in the past year has increased $225, due to expenses related to Homeland Security procedures at ports and on the containers. St. John Hardware beings in a container a week, he told the Source.