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REPORT: Survey Department revenue continues to plummet

The Survey Department continues to show a steady decline in revenue gathering. Photo:
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – According to the 2011 Survey Department report, their revenue collection arm continues to show a trend of sharp and steady decline as experienced over the past four years.

According to the report which was laid in the House of Assembly on July 24, 2012, revenue collection has decreased by an amount of $7863.50, some 20.2 percent when taken against the previous year’s total of $38,768.00. The previous year saw a decline in revenue of 18.5 percent in sales.

The past four (4) years saw an overall decline of $27,155.00, an average of 19 percent per year.

The report stated that its sale of Cadastral and Topographic maps, hard and digital copies and aerial photography continued to realize revenue from existing inventory.

The bulk of revenue coming for 2011 as stated in the report, comes from the sale of blue prints; these amassed a total of $10,257.00. The Department's budget for the year 2011 showed a total of $968,000, the bulk of which was allocated for staff and wages.

The Survey Department falls under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.

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