St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association insists on clarity on utilities tariff structure

POSTED: 06/23/11 1:17 PM

“GEBE has an obligation”

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) has called for utility provider GEBE to be clearer about its rate structure. The body is especially concerned about how the fuel clause is calculated, because that is more expensive now when a barrel oil costs 100 dollars than when the barrel costs 140 dollars.

The revelation of the higher costs came after a survey that the body undertook after several of its members complained about the costs. The results leaves the SHTA feeling that there is more incorporated into the fuel clause than just the cost of fuel.

“Therefore, if the claims of the supervisory board are correct, the community deserves a refund. In the event that claim of unreasonable water and electricity loss is correct, GEBE must address its inefficiency. Any business with those kinds of losses must address them or risk going out of business. If huge inefficiencies are rewarded by large profits, something is wrong,” a release from the SHTA stated.

“SHTA insists on transparency. The community deserves clarity and GEBE, as a monopoly provider of vital resources- water and electricity- has an obligation to be reliable, efficient and transparent. The SHTA commends Deputy Prime Minister Heyliger and Minister Meyers for recognizing the need for relief and demanding clarity on this issue,” the release further stated.

 

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