The Virgin Islands government has been found in contempt of court.
The St. John Source reports that Federal District Court judge Curtis Gomez said the government acted improperly in sending out property tax bills based on the recent Territory-wide real estate revaluation. Gomez ordered the government to cancel the tax bills. (Read the Source story here: http://www.onepaper.com/stjohnvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1212902139.)
This is truly unbelievable.
The government sent the bills during the summer, after realizing that not having collected taxes for more than a year was really, really, really crippling VI finances. Since one analysis of the revaluation, by a Special Master to the Court, said the it was okey dokey, the government said, "What the heck, we’ve done our job. Let’s roll.” However, the Court – which ordered the VI to rebuild its tax collecting system and assessment system – hadn’t signed, and so its injunction against issuing tax bills is still in place. Gotcha!
That tax bill you property owners received, with a deadline of Nov. 22 … uh, I think you can fugetabout it right now.