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Hon Wheatley wants frugal spending on Festivals

- Urges BVIF&FC to stay within 710K budget given 300K debt
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Agriculture, Fisheries, Sports, and Youth Affairs, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), says that in spending the territories finances, one has to be mindful of exactly where and how these monies will be expended, so as to make sure that value is always achieved. Photo: Facebook
“We want to make sure as well, this is something that I’ve mentioned before, that we make sure we are very conscious of how we spend money, it’s not something that’s always very popular… when you’re speaking about controlling expenditure,” he told guest host Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson during the Tuesday, April 10, 2019, edition of ‘Honesty Speaking’ on ZBVI 780am. Photo: Facebook
“We want to make sure as well, this is something that I’ve mentioned before, that we make sure we are very conscious of how we spend money, it’s not something that’s always very popular… when you’re speaking about controlling expenditure,” he told guest host Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson during the Tuesday, April 10, 2019, edition of ‘Honesty Speaking’ on ZBVI 780am. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (BVIF&FC) some $300K in debt as accumulated under the Dr D. Orlando Smith led National Democratic Party (NDP) government, the committee is looking to spend this year’s $710k budget as frugal and as wisely as possible given the current rebuilding atmosphere in the Virgin Islands (VI).

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Agriculture, Fisheries, Sports, and Youth Affairs, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), says that in spending the territories finances, one has to be mindful of exactly where and how these monies will be expended, so as to make sure that value is always achieved.

Conscious Spending

“We want to make sure as well—this is something that I’ve mentioned before—that we make sure we are very conscious of how we spend money, it’s not something that’s always very popular… when you’re speaking about controlling expenditure,” he told guest host Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson during the Tuesday, April 10, 2019, edition of ‘Honesty Speaking’ on ZBVI 780am.

“When you look at the different demands that we have, as a territory on money, we want to make sure that we get value for money, for our festival and I believe that we’ve been able to strike that balance moving forward,” the Deputy Premier said.

Further, he said part of making sure that festivities stick to their budget, is understanding that one must be able to plan within their means.

Stay in Budget

“If we budget for 710K, which is what was allocated this year, they have to make sure that we have an event that really fits $710k, now if we want to do more, we have to have a broader conversation about how we budget,” he said. 

The Deputy Premier also noted, that to do more, steps would have to be made at the budgeting stage and with the elected representatives so that everyone can agree on a fixed amount of money and cutbacks can be made elsewhere.

6 Responses to “Hon Wheatley wants frugal spending on Festivals ”

  • qc (11/04/2019, 13:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    tell um dr
  • wisdom (11/04/2019, 13:46) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wise move....we have to prioritize. To much has already been wasted from the previous administrators.
  • math (11/04/2019, 14:40) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hmmm. Hon Wheatley - 710k that would be sevenhundredandten thousand. I thought the budget is sevenhundred and ten million ???
  • wize up (11/04/2019, 21:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    fun is good but education is also good(spend wizely)
  • Dawg (12/04/2019, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    WHY THIS GUY DONT SPEND TAX PAYERS MONEY SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEMSELFS with the best they met money them head wheeling pay off the 300 thousand dollars and shut up
  • Irony (12/04/2019, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    So let me get this straight, we are celebrating our freedom from slavery by having people work and not paying them???? ($300,000). This isn’t making any sense whatsoever.


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