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Gov’t spent close to $5 million for rent in 2010-DGO report

Rent is as high as $7, 800 per month & many rentals have increased
The cost of the lease for the TTT building located in Road Town was not listed in the 2010 Deputy Governor's annual report but the building houses both the Attorney General's Chambers and the Director of Public Prosecution Offices. Photo: VINO
The Government of the Virgin Islands is renting this Building at the R & R Malone Complex in Pockwood Pond. The building houses the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Government also rent space for storage in the same Complex. The cost of the lease is also unknown, and was not listed in the 2010 Deputy Governor's annual report. Photo: VINO/File
The Government of the Virgin Islands is renting this Building at the R & R Malone Complex in Pockwood Pond. The building houses the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Government also rent space for storage in the same Complex. The cost of the lease is also unknown, and was not listed in the 2010 Deputy Governor's annual report. Photo: VINO/File
The Immigration Department was relocated to the RJT Edifice building effective April 1, 2010 along with other government Departments including the Government Information Service Department. The cost of the rent is unknown. Photo: VINO
The Immigration Department was relocated to the RJT Edifice building effective April 1, 2010 along with other government Departments including the Government Information Service Department. The cost of the rent is unknown. Photo: VINO
The Government of the Virgin Islands is renting this Building at the R & R Malone Complex in Pockwood Pond. The building houses the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Government also rent space for storage in the same Complex. The cost of the lease is also unknown, and was not listed in the 2010 Deputy Governor's annual report. Photo: VINO/File
The Government of the Virgin Islands is renting this Building at the R & R Malone Complex in Pockwood Pond. The building houses the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Government also rent space for storage in the same Complex. The cost of the lease is also unknown, and was not listed in the 2010 Deputy Governor's annual report. Photo: VINO/File
The Immigration Department was relocated to the RJT Edifice building effective April 1, 2010 along with other government Departments including the Government Information Service Department. The cost of the rent is unknown. Photo: VINO
The Immigration Department was relocated to the RJT Edifice building effective April 1, 2010 along with other government Departments including the Government Information Service Department. The cost of the rent is unknown. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Many tax payers are not aware that one of the biggest clients in the Virgin Islands for the rental of houses, office spaces and accommodation, buildings, storage, land and even equipment is the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI).

According to the Deputy Governor’s Office 2010 annual report, the agency that coordinates most of the rentals for government, tax payers spent some four million, seven hundred and fourteen thousand, eight hundred and fifty-four dollars and sixty-seven cents ($4,714,854.67) in rental of government accommodations for the reported year.

This figure is only based on what were provided by government Departments and Ministries but it is believed that this figure is well over $5 million, if land lease, equipment rentals and leases by statutory bodies are added in.

The Deputy Governor’s annual report was laid before the House of Assembly on June 28, 2012, making it a public document.

Many departments outside Administration Complex rent office space

Many government departments outside the main Central Administration building in Road Town, the Virgin Islands’ Capital City, are renting office space/accommodation, and in some cases, entire buildings. For example, the Office of the Complaints Commissioner, the House of Assembly, the Audit Department, Police, BVI Shipping Registry, Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs, BVI International Finance Centre, Customs Department, Survey Department, Library Services, and Department of Motor Vehicles, to name a few of the many departments that rent from private tenants.

In 2010, according to the report, the building leased for the East End/Long Look Branch of the Post office was renewed, as well as, the building that houses the Sandy Lane Centre, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Asphalt plant for the Public Works Department.

In 2010, there was an increase in rent for the Virgin Gorda public library from $475 per month to $1,500 per month, as well as, the Elections Office from $2,200 per month to $2,400 per month, the Court Reporting Unit from $2,191.59 per month to $2,352.58 and the Police Force Forensic Analytic Unit from $500 per month to $1,079.17 per month.

The Government of the VI took over the lease agreement for the office space for the BVI International Finance Centre with retroactive effect from January 1, 2009. The lease, according to the 2010 report, is for a period of 5 years with a monthly rent of $7,800 per month, which is located in the Haycraft building at Pasea Estate.

The report stated that the Attorney General’s Chambers moved out of the Central Administration Building into the TTT building on July 1, 2010, and the Immigration Department relocated to the RJT Edifice Building effective April 1, 2010 and the National Health Insurance Project office was move to the Betteto Frett building located on Wickhams Cay in April 2010.

The Deputy Governor’s Office list as its mission, to ensure effective public governance, which helps to strengthen democracy and human rights, promote economic prosperity and social cohesion and deepen confidence in government and public administration.

22 Responses to “Gov’t spent close to $5 million for rent in 2010-DGO report”

  • big daddy Tom (16/07/2012, 08:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd an poor me aint get no land on dey cay to put up a building to get some big $$$$$
  • Albion (16/07/2012, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How much of that lease space is (i) owned by politically connected members, and (ii) still unoccupied despite costing taxpayer money. If they want to make disclosure, do it properly... and why was the DMV building excluded?
  • o (16/07/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why don't the government build another administrative complex and put the other government offices in? The yearly loan payment would not even amount to that figure for a year. The only place that should not be in that complex is National AIDS Programme because of the sensitivity of the health issue. AG Chambers, Social Development Department, Audit Department, Internal Audit, Customs, Immigration Department, Health Promotion Unit, Training Division, Sports Division, Solid Waste, Environ,emtal Health, High Court Registry among alot others are all paying rent. Poor our taxpayers money.
    • BREAKING NEWS (16/07/2012, 11:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you!! We have space to build or add on to the Admin Complex but VIP and their cronies knew what they were doing from day one! Allow the cronies to build and then pay them high rent monies. Look at Lake building on the Highway, Town and Country deny her from building there but O'neal over ride them and told her go ahead! Them kind non-sense must stop!! I'm glad NDP stop the building (no parking) and then I'm glad her money going to waste because she should have known better than to build there!! She thought VIP would of won and she would have been able to complete her building but that is what you call counting your chickens before they hatch!!!
      • ooooo (16/07/2012, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        how you aint talking about mb's gas station and his medical building what ndp allowed him to build along the road?
      • X (16/07/2012, 15:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        what about the Thomas bouy too he is an NDP and renting lots of space
    • Not2Sure (16/07/2012, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't think so. I remember when they built the currect Admin Complex - all we heard about was how this would save all the rent they were paying, and all Govt offices would be in just one place. But within a couple of years, people were renting again, and there were more Govt departments outside than in. It would just be the same again...
  • BREAKING NEWS (16/07/2012, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the kind of Gov't oooooo and critic them does support!! All the building owners for these high rents are VIP supporters. Then when NDP give a NDP supporter a lil work them come on here posting pi.. with them stink mouth self!!!
    • fish market (16/07/2012, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Gosh on is $7,800 a month?? Who the hell negotiate that? And whose friend is he
      • WHAT DA H... (16/07/2012, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thats $468,000.00 for five years, thats the cots of my 20 year house loan and imagine I will eventually on that house, VIP Government been giving away our TAX Dollars away for years....
        • zeeeeeeeeeeeee (16/07/2012, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          come on Myron we know you do not have a private sec now but gosh you must cold find some work in the Ministry from on here all day wid your hogwash..eh!!!
    • ooooo (16/07/2012, 11:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      get this in your shiny bald head....vip built this country and educated the masses so that they could afford a comfortable life...we built this country to an extent where foreigners came here trying to take over from us with their jealousy..we're the envy of the caribbean....long live the VIP!.....hats off to the VIP!
      • Liat 521 (16/07/2012, 15:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        For real the people crying now for the VIP as funny man and his wild ego going mash up the NDP so Smith better place him on a leach he going get NDP in trouble…wild girl
  • do the math (16/07/2012, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow if they spend 5 million in 2010 by now in 2012 they should be up to 6 so 5 plus 5 plus 6 is $16. million now now now they could invest in another admin complex deman
    • ccc (16/07/2012, 22:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what's the issue government must help the private sector and keep money circulating in the economy...
  • Gem (16/07/2012, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now these kind of crap I don't like. Look at what my taxpayers money paying for. Hire more teachers, we need two teachers in a class with more than 20 students. Children learn at different rates. Build a cafeteria in each school. We need free bus service for all school children. Many children go to school hungry, many have to walk from Baughers Bay to BVI High School. Many have to caught ride from Sea Cow's Bay to Town. Jost Van Dyke children have to caught a ferry from 7:00a.m and caught another one to go back home at 4:00 or 6:00pm. Our education and health system is garbage because the government decided to rent these high a.. places. Look at the sewerage systems. BVI moving like a third world country. Build some more flipping complex and put our taxpayers money to better use.
  • Really (16/07/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is because everyone wants a big lavish office..............in corporate america only top executives have offices. They need to resort to cubicles!
  • egg face (16/07/2012, 22:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    millions and millions and millions and more!!!
  • high (16/07/2012, 23:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rent to high period
  • no way (17/07/2012, 15:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is just too much for rent bottom line
  • grace (18/07/2012, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government spoil people. They build with the expectation of government to rent their buildings. Government pays upwards of $9,000 a month to rent from some of their supporters. I speak to the VIP on this one. All rents need to be reviewed, and reduced to reflect the conditions of our economy. There are people who can hardly buy food and government paying these mega rents to these greedy people. The practice of people building for government to rent needs to STOP. Those big rents need to be reduced and who don't agree let them live in their building. This is why the country is broke and these greedy people still looking for more from government. You can't get blood out of stone. The people are killing the goose that lays the eggs, but they don't care once their pockets are full. Stop the greed. That building that along the highway should not have happened. Years ago they let DECASTRO build in the road and they had to build an alternate road to accommodate traffic. Where are they going to divert traffic to accommodate this building on the highway, IN THE SEA? Come on man, it is government who spoil these people for what ever their selfish reasons are, and the country suffer.


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