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Title: Ordinances passed by the Legislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago during the year ..
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Publication Date: 1912
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Port-of-Spain House Rate.

No. 51.-1912.

13th November.

AN ORDINANCE relating to House Rates in Port-of-Spain.







[L.S.]
GEORGE R. LE HUNTE,
Govaiwon.
18th Deoember, 1912.







B E it enacted by the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council
thereof as follows :
1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Port-of-Spain House shor Tite.
Tax Ordinance, 1912.
2. In this Ordinance, if not inconsistent with the context, Definon..
the following words and expressions shall have the meanings
hereinafter respectively assigned to them, that is to say:-
(a.) "The Board" means the Port-of-Spain Town Board
constituted under the Port-of-Spain Town Board Ordinance,
1907.
(b.) The Chief Commissioner" means the Chief Com-
missioner appointed under the tort-of-Spain Town Board




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Ordinance, 1907, and any other person acting as Chief Com-
missioner or performing the duties of the Chief Commissioner
with the authority of the Governor.
(c.) The Town Clerk and Treasurer" means the person
holding the office of Town Clerk and Treasurer under the
Board for the time being, and includes any person acting
as Town Clerk and Treasurer or performing the duties of the
Town Clerk and Treasurer with the authority of the Board.
(d.) The Town" means the Town of Port-of-Spain as
defined by the Port-of-Spain Ordinance, No. 211.
(e.) "RateableHereditament" meansany dwelling house,
warehouse, store, shop, counting-house, manufactory, factory,
workshop, stable, shed, and any other building whatsoever in
the Town, and the lands on which the same respectively are
built, erected or standing, together with any lands appurtenant
to or occupied with the same; and includes every parcel of
land in the said Town of Port-of-Spain not appurtenant to
or occupied with any house, warehouse, store, shop,
counting-house, manufactory, factory, workshop, stable, shed,
or any other building.
(f.) "Premises" means rateable hereditament as defined
above.
(g.) Person includes any body of persons whether
corporate or unincorporated.
(h.) "Annual Rateable Value" means the gross annual
rental value subject only to such deductions and allowances
as the Board may make under Section 6 of this Ordinance.
(i.) Valuation" means the sum fixed by the Board or
by the Assessment Committee as the annual rateable value
of any rateable hereditament.
(j.) To Value" means to fix the annual rateable value
of any rateable hereditament in accordance with the provi-
sions of this Ordinance.
Repeat. 3. The enactments referred to in the first schedule to this
Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the
third column of the schedule.









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Provided that such repeals shall not affect the validity
or invalidity of anything done or suffered or any right
accrued or liability incurred before or any proceeding pend-
ing or not completed at the commencement of this Ordinance.
4.-(1.) There shall be raised, levied, collected and paid to Annual Houaa
the Board upon and in respect of every rateable heredita- Reob 'a
ment in the Town an annual rate or tax of seven and a half rtable here-
per cent. of the annual rateable value of such hereditament
as determined by the Board in accordance with the provi-
sions of this Ordinance.
(2.) It shall be lawful for the Board from time to time, Power to i-
if they think fit, by resolution to prescribe that in respect o to",e
of any specified year or years the rate or tax to be paid
under this Ordinance shall be at a higher rate than 7 per
cent. Provided that the rate leviable and payable under this
Ordinance shall in no case exceed 10 per cent. of the
annual rateable value of any hereditament liable to such rate.
5.-(1.) In determining the annual rateable value of any Modeof fix,
rateable hereditament for the purposes of this Ordinance the annua rate-
Board shall, whether such hereditament be actually rented ae e.
or not, consider in every case what amount of annual rental
a tenant may reasonably be expected to pay for such here-
ditament, having regard to the purpose for which such here-
ditament is actually used or, in case it is not actually used
or occupied, the purpose or purposes for which it is reason-
ably suitable.
(2.) Where any rateable hereditament is leased or
rented to a tenant who pays or is under obligation to pay
any rates or taxes in respect of such hereditament, the
annual rateable value of such hereditament shall consist of
the annual rental together with the rates and taxes so paid
or payable by such tenant.
6. The Board in valuing any rateable hereditament for powertomoe
the purposes of this Ordinance, may in their discretiondeductions.
make such deductions or allowances in respect of voids
and loss of rent only as they may think proper.
7. The Board may from time to time, by resolution Asse..ment
appoint from amongst its members an Assessment Com- rcepoer
mittee of not less than four members, (two to form aof Board










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quorum) and may delegate to such committee all or any of
the powers or duties vested in or imposed upon the Board
by this Ordinance. The Board may, in appointing such
Committee, declare that the acts and proceedings of such
Committee m relation to all or certain specified powers and
duties so delegated need not be submitted to the Board for
approval or confirmation; and in such case, the acts done
or proceedings taken by the Committee in relation to the
powers and duties so delegated to them shall be as valid and
binding against all parties as if such acts had been done and
such proceedings taken by the Board.

Bo.rdtovaral 8. The Board or the Assessment Committee may from
heredents. time to time employ, at such remuneration and upon such
terms and conditions as the Board may think fit, such
valuers and other persons as the Board may consider neces-
sary or proper to assist the Board or the Committee in the
work of valuing rateable hereditaments for the purposes of
this Ordinance, and all other work in relation to the duties
of the Board under this Ordinance.

Valutons in 9.-(1.) The valuations in the House Rate Book for the
ofori12 year 1912, shall, with and subject to such alterations therein
to be val- and additions thereto as may be made by the Board pursuant
tons for fira ,
rennil to the provisions of this Ordinance, or in consequence of
perioda9S-. any decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, be the
valuations in force for the three years commencing on the
1st day of January, 1913 and shall continue in force until
new valuations in substitution for the same are made by
the Board under this Ordinance.

(2.) As soon as may be after the adoption by the Board
of theHouse Rate Book for the first triennialperiod underthis
Ordinance, the Board shall cause to be inserted in not more
than two of the newspapers circulating in the Town, and
also in the Royal Gazette" a notice to the effect that the
House Rate Book for the first triennial period referred to in
this section is the House Rate Book in force for the
triennial period specified therein, The notice may be
according to the Form "A" in the second schedule
hereto.









No. 51. Port-o/f-Spain House Bate. 1912.
10. (1.) The Board shall, as soon as may be after the nouse ate
commencement of thisOrdinance, cause to be copied or entered Ro f t'
into a new book or new books the several rateable heredita- period.
ments appearing in the House Rate Book for 1912 and the
rates payable in respect thereof; and there shall also be
entered in appropriateplaces in suchnewbook or booksopposite
to each such rateable hereditament the name of the owner
or reputed owner thereof as appearing in the House Rate
Book for the year 1912 or as declared in any returns of
ownership made since the completion of the last named book;
Provided that where the number or description of any
rateable hereditarnent included in the House Rate Book for
the year 1912 has been altered by resolution of the Board
since the said House Rate Book was completed, the entry of
such rateable hereditament in the new House Rate Book
shall be according to the new description thereof;
Provided also that the Board may at any time, by reso-
lution cause to be corrected any clerical errors which may
have been made in copying any item or items from the
House Rate Book for the year 1912, into the new book
or books.
(2.) In such new book or books there shall also be
entered every new house erected since the last assessment
made by the Board, the annual rateable value thereof, and
the rate payable in respect thereof, determined and com-
puted in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance.
(3.) The new book or books prepared in accordance
with this section may contain such other particulars as the
Board may think fit, and shall, when signed by the Chief
Commissioner or by the Chairman of the Assessment Com-
mittee, and adopted by the Board as the House Rate
Book for the first triennial period from the 1st January,
1913, to the 31st December, 1915, be the House Rate Book
in force for such first Triennial Period.
11. Any ratepayer who is dissatisfied with the assessment Objections to
of his property as appearing in the House Rate Book for the triae1
1st Triennial Period from the 1st of January, 1913, to the Bookn, 1-.
31st December, 1915, shall have the same right of objection
thereto and the same right of appeal from the decision of
the Board on such objection as if the assessment objected to
had been made by the Board at the commencement of the
said triennial period.










No. 51. iPort-of-Sparin House Rate. 1912.

Alteraton of 12.-(1.) It shall be lawful for the Board at any time in the
alato" i months of October, November and December in each of the
Book first two years of any triennial period to alter the valuation
of any hereditament contained in the House Rate Book for
the time being in force, where, in the opinion of the Board,
there has been a substantial increase or a substantial
decrease in the rateable value of such hereditament since the
last valuation thereof by the Board.
Time when (2.) Alterations made under this section in the valua-
made ,anr tion of any hereditaments shall come into force at the begin-
tZkeofo ning of the year succeeding that in which they are made,
and shall continue in force until a new valuation for the next
triennial period, or until further alterations (if any) are made
by the Board by virtue of the powers conferred by this section.
Notice to be (3.) Whenever any alteration of the valuation of any
gen ower. rateable hereditament is made by the Board pursuant to the
ion made by provisions of this section, notice of such alteration shall be
the Bod. given to the owner of such hereditament.

Altered valn- (4.) The notice of any such alterations may be accord-
'" enta ing to the form B in the second schedule hereto.
Book to take
the plare (5.) The altered valuations made under this section,
the ame he- during the time that they are in force shall be deemed to be
dase the valuations of the rateable hereditaments to which they
Book. relate.

omia.on to 13.-(1.) No rateable hereditament omitted from any
enter o Rat cause whatever to be assessed or entered in any House Rate
sokessoe to Book shall by reason of such omission be relieved from the
offe liab'*ty liability to be rated under this Ordinance, and the Board
may at any time, and from time to time, value such here-
ditament, and levy and collect the rates to which the same
is liable under this Ordinance, and shall fix the date on
which such rates shall be due and payable.
(2.) Notice of the valuation of such hereditament shall
be given to the owner thereof, and the provisions herein con-
tained relating to the owner's objection to valuations made
by the Board and to appeals from decisions of the Board and
of the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District Court
in relation to such valuations, shall apply to the valuations
made under and by virtue of this section.










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(3.) The notice may be according to the form 0 in
the second schedule hereto.
1.-(1.) Whenever, at any time after the completion of NwhoI
any House Rate Book and before the commencement of the tSwee two
next triennial period a new house is erected in the Town, the ;~nes
Board may at any time after the completion of such house period.
fix the annual rateable value thereof for the purposes of this
Ordinance. The rate payable in respect of such new house
for the year in which it was erected shall be a proportion of
the amount of the yearly rate, corresponding to the period
from the date of the completion of such house to the end of
the said year, and such proportionate rate shall be due and
payable on such date as the Board may fix.
(2.) Notice of the valuation of every such new house Notice of
valuation of
shall be given to the owner thereof. The notice may be ne house.
according to the form D in the second Schedule hereto.
15. In the year 1916, and in every subsequent third Ns vaute
tons to be
year the Board shall cause new valuations to be made made every
of all rateable hereditaments in the town nm accordance thl years.
with the provisions of this Ordinance.
16.-(1.) The Board shall, in the first year of every Notie of
S aessmen to
triennial period, as soon as may be after fixing the be servd on
annual rateable value of every rateable hereditament, owner,
serve or cause to be served on the owner of every such here-
ditament a notice in writing specifying the annual rateable
value of such hereditament as fixed by them, the amount
of the annual rate or tax to be paid in respect thereof, the
time when such rate or tax is to be paid and the name of
the owner or reputed owner of such hereditament, and such
other matters as the Board may from time to time direct.
The notice may be according to the form E in
the second schedule hereto.
(2.) Provided that any default or neglect in complying Te provision
with the provisions of this section, or the non-receipt of a tobdiecton
notice of assessment by the owner of any rateable heredita- only.
ment shall not affect the liability of such hereditament or of
the owner thereof to the rate payable in respect thereof, nor
shall it affect the validity of any act, proceeding or sale which
may be done, taken or effected for the recovery of such rate.










No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.

objectionto 17.-(1.) The owner of any rateable hereditament who is
on ..'' dissatisfied with any valuation of his premises made by the
for mikg. Board, or with any alteration of the valuation of such pre-
mises made after the first publication of the House Rate
Book for the first triennial period under the powers con-
ferred by this Ordinance, may at any time not later than
21 days next after the service of the notice of such valuation
or alteration of valuation, as the case may be, give notice
in writing to the Board of his objection to such valuation or
alteration of valuation.

(2.) Provided that where no notice of assessment has
been served on the owner of any rateable hereditament, the
notice of objection under this section may be given by the
owner not later than 21 days next after the date of the
first publication of the notice of completion of the House
Rate Book.

(3.) The Board shall consider every such objection and
may either confirm the valuation objected to, or may reduce
or increase such valuation and make such other amend-
ments in relation thereto as the Board may think proper.

(4.) Notice in writing of the decision of the Board on
every such objection shall be given to the objector.

valtions 18. Every valuation made by the Board under the pro-
.ndates to b visions of this Ordinance and the annual rate to be paid in
."ite0d in
" House ate respect of every rateable hereditament, shall be entered in a
BooL." book or books, to be collectively called the House Rate
Book," and there may also be entered in the House Rate
Book the names of the owners or reputed owners of every
such hereditament and such other particulars as the Board
may from time to time think proper.

oat when 19.-(1.) Every House Rate Book prepared under this
t. e.` Ordinance shall be completed on the 31st day of March in
complete, the first year of every triennial period. Provided that the
Board may, by resolution, extend the time for the comple-
tion of such book to a date not later than the 31st day of
May of such year.










No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.

(2.) The House Rate Book to be prepared under this Form of
Ordinance may be in such form, and shall contain such par- .oo.e
ticulars as the Board may from time to tune by resolution
prescribe.
(3.) Every House Rate Book prepared under this Ordi- Authentic.-
nance shall, when completed, be signed by the Chief Com- R'te' look.
missioner or by the Chairman of the Assessment Committee.
(4.) As soon as may be after the completion of every Pubhlnotice
House Rate Book, notice of the completion thereof shall be o .iosho
published at least twice a week for three consecutive weeks RateBook.
in not more than two daily newspapers circulating in the
Town, and once at least in the Royal Gazette.
(5.) Such notice may be according to the form "F in
the second schedule hereto, with such additions or alterations
as the Board may prescribe.
20. Except where otherwise expressly prescribed by reso- Date hen
lution of the Board in those cases where the Board are rate due s
authorised by this Ordinance to fix a different date, the pay
annual house rate or tax payable under this Ordinance shall
be due and payable on the 1st day of June in each and
every year.
21.-(1.) The annual rate or tax to be paid in respect of inadenoc
every rateable hereditament under this Ordinance shall be of Rte.
borne and paid by the owner of such hereditament, but the
amount of such rate may be collected from and paid by the
tenant or occupier of such hereditament, or any part thereof,
and such tenant or occupier may deduct the amount so paid
from the rent payable by him in respect of such hereditament.
(2.) Provided that nothing herein contained shall affect
any contract between landlord and tenant with respect to the
payment of any such rates.
22. Any rate payable under this Ordinance if unpaidirease in
at the expiration of one month after the date on which soe.
such rate became due and payable shall be increased at the
rate of ten per cent.
Provided that the Board may remit, and, if it has been
paid, may refund such percentage, whenever in their opinion
special circumstances render it just and proper to do so.









No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Bate. 1912.
Appearom 23.-(1.) The decision of the Board on every objection to
,,,bjo',o- any valuation, or alteration of valuation made by the Board
tioneto shall be final and binding on all parties and for all purposes
unless the owner who has objected to such decision shall,
within 7 days next after the decision shall have been com-
municated to him, lodge a notice of appeal against such
decision with the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain Dis-
trict Court, and at the same time serve on the Board a
copy of such notice of appeal.

Provided that on any such appeal the exercise by the
Board of their discretion under Section 6 hereof in making
or not making any deductions or allowances or as to the
sufficiency of such deductions or allowances, if they have
made any, shall not be subject to review.

commissioner (2.) The Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District
ioreRitg Court shall appoint a day for the hearing of such appeal,
of appeal. not earlier than 21 days after the lodging of the notice of
appeal with him; and he shall forthwith give notice in
writing to the Board and to the appellant of the day so
appointed. Provided that the Commissioner of the Port-
of-Spain District Court may, if he think fit in the interests
of justice, postpone or adjourn the hearing of any appeal
for such time, and upon such terms, if any, as he shall
think fit.

commissioner (3.) On any such appeal the Commissioner of the Port-
may summoni .
" witn of-Spain District Court shall have power to summon and
"Aod .sr compel the attendance of witnesses, to examine witnesses
on oath and to administer such oath, to require the pro-
duction by either party of any book or books containing
entries relating to the rent charged or paid in respect of
the hereditaments to which the appeal relates; and if
necessary to enter and inspect such hereditaments; and
such Commissioner may either confirm such valuation or
subject to the provisions of Section 5 of this Ordinance and
to the proviso to Sub-section (1) hereof, alter or amend
the same as he may think fit.









No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Bate. 1912.
24. In case the Board or any owner shall be dissatisfied Appealfrom
with the decision of the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain ocotner
District Court on any appeal to such Commissioner of the
Port-of-Spain District Court against the decision of the
Board on such owner's objection to any assessment made
by the Board, the Board or such owner may appeal from
the decision of the Commissioner to the Full Court, provided
that, unless notice of such appeal shall be given within 14
days of the date of such decision, the decision of the
Commissioner shall be final and binding and conclusive
against all parties.
25. The notice of appeal shall be signed by the appellant signatur a
or his counsel or solicitor, shall state the grounds on which oap sfli
the appeal is based, and shall be according to the form
marked "G-" or the form marked "H" in the second
schedule to this Ordinance.
26.-(1.) Within 5 days after giving such notice the Appellant to
appellant shall enter into a recognisance before some Justice ,,, ace,
of the Peace with a surety or sureties in the sum of 30 at
least, conditioned to appear and prosecute such appeal at
the next sitting of the Full Court and to abide the order of
and to pay such costs as shall be awarded by such Court at
such sitting or any adjournment thereof. Such recogni-
sance shall be according to the form I" in the second
schedule to this Ordinance.
(2.) Provided that in the event of any appeal by the
Board, it shall not be necessary for the Board to enter into
any recognisance whatever.
27. TheChief Clerk in the office of the Commissioner of the y d oioce
Port-of-Spain District Court shall cause to be served upon be sent to
the respondent or his solicitor a copy certified under his re"po.ado
hand of the notice of appeal and shall notify the appellant
and the respondent or their solicitors respectively of the day
on which the appeal will in the ordinary course of business
be on the list for hearing before the Full Court.
28.-(1.) Where the valuation of any rateable heredita- vacations
ment has been altered or amended by a court of competent Dytoe.s
jurisdiction, or where the Board have, under the powers altresdby
oferredby this Ordinance, altered the valuation of any rdn
conferred by this Ordinance, altered the valuation of anyvatoo









No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.

hereditamenta rateable hereditament or valued any rateable hereditament
omi, be which was omitted to be valued or entered in the House
ted lu Rate Book, or which was erected after the publication of the
House Rate Book for the time being in force, the Board
shall cause such alteration or amendment or such valuation
of omitted or newly erected hereditament, to be made and
entered in the House Rate Book in such places therein and
in such manner and form and with such references across or
opposite any entry or entries therein as they may consider
necessary or convenient.
(2.) Provided that the Board may, in their discretion,
cause the several matters specified in this section to be
entered in a separate book or separate books, to be collec-
tively called the Supplemental House Rate Book, in such
form and in such manner as the Board may from time to
time direct.
supplement (3.) If and when any Supplemental House Rate Book is
oo.te made up under the authority conferred by this section, the
valuations and altered valuations of the several heredita-
ments therein contained shall be deemed to be the valua-
tions for the time being in force, and shall continue in force
during the remainder of the triennial period in which they
were made, unless and until they, or any of them, are
altered by the Board under the powers conferred by this
Ordinance.

valuations n 29.-(1.) All rates leviable by and to be paid to the Board
eokjei ~eo under the Port-of-Spain Waterworks Ordinances, No. 283
tobedeeed and No. 33 of 1905, and under the Port-of-Spain Sewerage
dulymade. Ordinances No. 219 and No. 82 of 1905, and under the
Belmont Improvement Rate Ordinance, 1907, and under the
East DryRiver Improvement Rate Ordinance, 1912, or under
any other Ordinance, shall be based upon the valuations in the
House Rate Book or in the Supplemental House Rate Book
in force at the time when such rates respectively become due.

savi of (2.) Provided always that nothing herein contained
poweraPuder shall preclude the Board from exercising the powers con-
the provisions
of Section of ferred by Sub-sections (2) and (3) of Section 7 of the Port-
riof of-Spain Waterworks Ordinance No. 33 of 1905 with respect
to the assessment of premises not included in the House










No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.

Rate Book, and the amendment, in the manner and to the
extent provided in the said section, of the assessment of
premises included in such House Bate Book or Supplemental
House Rate Book.

30.-(1.) No error, misnomer or mis-description in any r.ror, mis-
notice or House Rate Book or in the Supplemental House doez..ob
Rate Book and no omission to enter therein the names of n t aeE
Svahdlty of
owners or reputed owners nor any error in the names entered vamlaton or
therein as those of the owners or reputed owners of any mte.
rateable hereditament, shall in any way vitiate any such
notice or any valuation or assessment contained in such
House Rate Book or Supplemental House Rate Book or in
any way affect the liability of any hereditament to any rate
payable in respect thereof.

(2.) The Board may at any time and from time to time Power of
correct any such errors, misnomers or mis-descriptions and reotr '"
supply any such omissions and make such other alterations noice o
in any notices, valuations and House Rate Book or Supple- Book.
mental House Rate Book as may be necessary to correct any
errors therein or to make such notices, valuations and House
Rate Book and Supplementary House Rate Book and all the
particulars therein conformable to fact, to anyresolutions of
the Board relating to any entries to be made therein, and to
the provisions of this Ordinance.

(3.) The Board may from time to time cause to be noted chan of
or entered in the House Rate Book or Supplemental House owrpm
Rate Book for the time being in force, m such places o Ete
therein and in such manner and form as they may think
proper, any changes duly notified to them in the ownership
of any rateable hereditament contained in such House Bate
Book.

31.-(1.) The Board or any officer of the Board duly od may
authorised in that behalf by the Board or by the Chief Cor- equirereturna
missioner may at any time require any person who is the or occupier
owner or the agent of the owner of any rateable heredita-
ment in the Town, to send to the Board a return in writing
giving the following particulars; namely, the names of the









No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.

several tenants by whom any rent is payable in respect of
such hereditament, the amount payable by such tenants res-
pectively and such other particulars respecting such here-
ditament as the Board may require for the due execution of
this Ordinance; and every such owner or agent shall comply
with such order within 14 days after the service thereof
on him.
(2.) The Board or any officer of the Board duly
authorised in writing in that behalf by the Board or by the
Chief Commissioner may at any time require the occupier of
any rateable hereditament in the Town to send in to the
Board a return in writing stating the name of the owner of
the premises occupied by him, or the agent to whom such
occupier pays rent in respect of such premises, the amount
of the rent payable by such occupier and such other parti-
culars respecting such hereditament as the Board may
require for the due execution of this Ordinance, and every
such occupier shall comply with such requisition within 14
days after service thereof upon him.
(3.) The Board or any of their officers duly authorised
in that behalf in writing under the hand of the Chief Com-
missioner, may, for the purposes of this Ordinance, and after
reasonable notice to the occupier of any ratable hereditament,
enter and examine such hereditament for the purpose of
inspecting the same, and of ascertaining full particulars
thereof, including the number and size of the internal divi-
sions thereof, and of any out-houses used in connection
therewith.
(4.) If any owner or any agent of such owner or any
occupier required to make a return under this section
refuses, fails or neglectsto make such return within the pre-
scribed time, or makes a return which is defective or incom-
plete, or which is wilfully untrue in any particular, or if
the occupier of any rateable hereditament refuses permission
to the Board or to any duly authorized officer, to enter and
examine the same for any of the purposes aforesaid, every
such owner agent or occupier shall be guilty of an offence
under this Ordinance and shall be liable on summary con-
viction for any such offence to a penalty not exceeding X10
and in default of payment to imprisonment for any term not
exceeding three months.










No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.
32. The production of the House Rate Book and of anyr Raio, ofn
Supplemental House Bate Book for the time being in force, be evidence of
shall be received as sufficient evidence of the due making .ato and
and validity of the valuations and rates therein contained, tamadtherein.
33.-(1.) Any rates due under this Ordinance together with Rates to be
any percentage increase which may have accrued under the onnge o. d
provisions of this Ordinance shall, until paid, be a charge on reoverbi& by
the hereditament in respect whereof such rate is due and a.cio.
payable in priority to all other charges whatsoever affecting
the same; and, without prejudice to such charge, the
amount of such rates, together with the percentage increase
(if any), may be recovered from the owner for the time being
of such hereditament by action in any court of competent
jurisdiction, or by distress on any goods and chattels (includ-
ing any moveable tenement standing on land forming part of
the rateable hereditament) which may be found in or upon
such hereditament.
(2.) The provisions of Sections 59 to 62 of the Port-of- Poedurem
Spain Town Board (Amendment) Ordinance No. 14 of 1910 ~ ,.
prescribing the procedure in cases where the Board are exer-
cising powers of distress conferred on them by any Ordinance,
shall apply where the Board are resorting to the remedy by
distress for the recovery of arrears of rates due under this
Ordinance, and for this purpose the said sections shall be
deemed to be incorporated with and to form part of this
Ordinance.
34. The power of sale conferred by Section 63 of theower of sie
Port-of-Spain Town Board (Amendment) Ordinance, No. 14' or...
of 1910, shall apply for the recovery of any rates, with any of rats.
statutory increase thereof, due under this Ordinance; and
the provisions of Sections 64 to 73, both inclusive, of the
said Ordinance No. 14 of 1910, which prescribe the condi-
tions on which the power of sale so conferred shall be exer-
cised, the procedure to be followed in the carrying out of such
sale, the form and effect of the conveyance by the Board
and the application of the proceeds of sale, shall apply to
every sale for the recovery of rates from time to time due
under this Ordinance, with any statutory increase thereof,
and for this purpose the said sections shall be deemed to be
incorporated with and form part of this Ordinance.









No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Bate. 1912.

The power of sale conferred by this Ordinance for the
recovery of rates shall be in addition to and independent of
the other remedies for the recovery of such rates conferred
by Section 33 hereof, and may be exercised whether such
other remedies have been resorted to or not, provided that,
at the time of such sale, the rate payable in respect of the
rateable hereditaments to be sold, or some part thereof, is in
arrear and unpaid for a period not less than three months
after the same became due and payable under this Ordinance.
service an 35. The provisions of Section 82 of the Port-of-Spain
of Notios,. & Town Board (Amendment) Ordinance (No. 14 of 1910),
relating to the service, address, and authentication of notices,
orders, accounts and other documents required directed or
authorised to be given, served or delivered by the Board
shall apply to notices, orders, accounts and other documents
required to be given served or delivered by this Ordinance,
and for this purpose the said section shall be deemed to be
incorporated with and to form part of this Ordinance.
Computation 36. Where by this Ordinance any payment, act or proceed-
of time ing is required, directed or allowed to be made, done or
taken on a certain day, then if that day happens upon a
Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, or
any other day declared by the Public Holidays Ordinance,
No. 121, or by any other Ordinance present or future, or by
any proclamation by the Governor issued under Ordinance
No. 121, to be a close holiday in all public offices and banks
in the Colony, the payment, act or proceeding shall be con-
sidered as made, done or taken in due time if it is made
done or taken on the next day afterwards, not being one of
the days in this section specified.
Where by this Ordinance any payment, act or proceed-
ing is required, directed or allowed to be made, done or
taken within any time not exceeding seven days, the days
in this section specified shall not be reckoned in the compu-
tation of such time.
commence- 37. This Ordinance shall commence on the first day of
January, 1913.
Passed in Council this Thirteenth day of November, in
the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve.

ALFRED TAITT,
Acting Clerk of the Council.











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Port-of-Spain House Bate.

THE FIRST SCHEDULE.



ENACTMENTS REPEALED.


No. of
Ordinance. Short Title. Extent of Repeal.

No. 207 ... The Port-of-Spain House Tax Ordi-The whole.
nance.
No. 295 ... The Port-of-Spain House Tax (Ex-The whole.
planatory) Ordinance.

No.26of1908. he Port-of-Spain House Tax The whole.
(Amendment) Ordinance, 1908.



SECOND SCHEDULE.



FORM A.

The PORT-or-SPAIN HousE TA OrDInANCE, 1912.


House Rate Book for triennial period for lst January, 1918 to
81st December, 1915.



PULIT NoTICE is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of Section
9, Sub-section (2) of the Port-of-Spain House Tax Ordinance, 1912, that
the House Rate Book adopted by the Port-of-Spain Town Board at a meeting
of the Board, held on the 1912, and signed by the Chief
Commissioner, or Chairman of the Assessment Committee, is the House Rate
Book in force for the first triennial period Irom the 1st January, 1918 to
the S1st December, 1915, and shall continue in force until altered under
the powers conferred by the above-named Ordinance.


Town Clerk and Treasurer.


1912.









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IN ., 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1912.

FORM B.
Notice of alteration of valuation in the House Rate Book in Force.
To A.B., or other the owner of Premises No._
TAlK NoIroE that the Port-of-Spain Town Board, pursuant to the
power conferred by Section 12 of the Port-of-Spain House Tax Ordinance,
1912, have made the alteration indicated below in the valuation of the
premises described in the second column hereunder :-
PEMIIE. Valuation in tlhe House Valuation as altered
Sate Book now in force, by the Board.
No. Street t.




Dated 191
N.B.-If you are dissatisfied with the above alteration of the assessment of the premises
above described, you may, not later than 21 days after the service of this notice upon you, give
notice to the Board of your objection to the valuation as altered by the Board, stating the
grounds of your objection.

FORM 0.

Notice of Valuation of premises omitted from the House Rate Book.

To A.B., or other the owner of Premises. No. Street.
Take notice that, pursuant to the power contained in Section 13 of the
Port-of-Spain House Tax Ordinance, 1913, the annual rateable value of the
premises described in the first column hereunder (which were omitted from
the House Rate Book now in force) has been fixed by the Board at the sum
appearing in the third column, and the rate payable thereon and the date
on which such rate in respect to the current year is due and payable are
shewn in the fourth and fifth columns respectively.

PrnMIScS. Date on which the
Valuation orAnulDae naa i due
Owner or Reputed Annual Ra. P le and payable m d
No. s tr wer. able Value. Pas f ble
No. current year
1 2 4 5



2. In respect of each of the othei years of the current triennial assess-
ment period, ending on the 31st December, 191 the above annual rate
shall be due and payable on the st day of June of each of such years.
Dated 191 .


Town Clerk and Treasurer.


N.B.-If you are dissatisfied with the above assaasment, you may send in an objection
Ihereto in writing not later than 1 days after the serve of this Notice on you,












No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Rate. 1919.

FORM D.
Notice of valuation of New House erected after completion of House
Rate Book in force.
To A.B., or other the Owner of premises No. __Street
TAKE NOTICE that the Poit-of-Spain Town Board, pursuant to the power
contained in Section 14 of the Port-of-Spain House Tax Ordinance, 1912.
have fixed the annual rateable value of the premises described in the first
column hereunder, (being a new house erected since the completion of the
House Rate Book in force at the sum appearing in the third column, for
the triennial assessment period ending 31st December, 191 .
The annual rate payable in respect of such house is shewn in the fourth
column; and the proportion of such annual rate payable in respect of the
current year, and the date on which such proportionate rate is due and
payable are shewn in the fifth and sixth columns respectively:-

Proportion of Annur Date on which the
Owner o House Rate (con- proportionate
Premises. fa pted Owner. puted from House ma.te m
Sto ) payable column 5 is due
Sfor the year ending and payable.
31st December, 91 ,1
1 2 3 4 5





Town Clerk and Treasurer.
Dated 191 .
N.B.-If you are dissatisfied with the above assessment, you may send in an objection
hereto in writing not later thVan 1 days after the service of this nottce on you.

FORM E.
TIE PORT-OF-SPAIN Hous, TAX OnDInANoC, 1912.

Assessment Notice for the 8 years from 1st January, 191 to
31st December, 191
Premises No.......... .. .. ... .....
Owner or reputed owner .............
Annual rateable value $ .................
Annual House Rate $ ................
The Annual House Rate in iespect of each of the years of the
triennial period above named becomes due on the lst day of' June in each
of such years, and will be received without any statutory increase until
the 30th day of June in such year.
NOTE -(1.) If you are dissatisfied with the annual rateable value at which the above-
named premises have been assessed by the Board, you may send in an objection thereto n
writing at any time not later than 1 days net after the date eo the seapre upon you of tha
Pl d Aice. note we t aym
Please produce h wa noice when tenaermg payment


Tow Clerk and lTeasurer











No. 51. Port-of-Spain House Bate. 1912.

FORM F.
THE PORT-OF-SPAI HOUSE TAX ORDINANCE, 1912.

Rouse Bate Book for the 9 years 191 to 191 .

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Port.of-Spain
House Tax Ordinance, 1912, that the House Rate Book for the three years
from the 1st January, 19 to the 81st December, 19 is now com-
pleted, and deposited in the office of the Town Clerk and Treasurer, and
will be open during office hours threat to the inspection of all ratepayers
without payment of any fee from this date until the__191

N.B.-Any Owner who has NOT been served with an Assessment
Notice may at any time not later than 21 days next after the first public.
tion of this Notice send in to the Port-of-Spain Town Board an objection
in writing to the annual rateable value at which his premises are assessed
in the House Rate Book.


Town Clerk and Treasurer.


FORM G.


Notice of Appeal by Town Board against Commissioner's Decision.

TrnnImA AND TOBAGO.

In the matter of the objection by to the assessment of
the premises known as No. Street.
To A.B., Esq.,
Chief Clerk in the office of the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain
District Court,
Port-of-Spain,
Take notice that the Port-of-Spain Town Board being dissatisfied with
the decision of the Commissioner of the Port-ofSpain District Court
in the above matter, fixing the annual rateable value of the premises
No. at $ do appeal against such
decision on the following grounds :

(Here state grounds of Appeal.)

Dated this 191

E.F.
Counsel or Solicitor for the
Port-of-Spain Town Board.









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No. 51. Port-qf-Spain House Rate. 1912.

FORM H.
Notice of Appeal by Batepayer against Commissioner's Decision.
TRINIDA AND TOBAGO.
in the matter of the objection by to the assessment of
the premises known as No. Street.
To A.B., Esq ,
Chief Clerk in the office of the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain
District Court.
Port-of-Spain,
TAKE NOTICE that I, C. D. being dissatisfied with the decision of the
Conmmissitner of the Poit-of-Spain District Court in the above matter
confirming the Board's decision on my objection dated _1912
to the Board's valuation of the premises known as No. _at
$__do appeal against such decision on the following grounds:--
(Here state grounds of Appeal.)
Dated this________________191
E.F..
Counsel or Solicitor for

FORM I.
Form of Recognisance to be entered into by Appellant (Batepayer.)
BE it remembered that on the day of in
the year 191 A.B. (Appellant) and C.D. and E.F. of
(Surety or Sumetis as the case may be) came before me the undersigned Justiee
of the Peace for the (district), and severally acknow-
ledged themselves to owe to Our Sovereign Lord the King the several sums
following, that is to say, the said A.B the sum of the said
C.D. the sum of and the said E.F the sum of
Whereas on the day of in the year 191
in the matter of the objection of to the assessment of
the house or parcel of land known as No. at the annual rateable
value of i the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District Court
(here state the decision of the Commissioner.)
And whereas the saidA.B. being dissatisfied with the said decision has
appealed against the same.
Now the condition of this recognisance is such that if the said A.B.,
shall personally appear at the sitnugs of the Full Court when his appeal
comes on to be heard and shall then and there duly prosecute his appeal
and shall abide by the judgment of the said Full Court, and pay all such
costs as shall be awarded against him by the said Court, then this recog.
nuisance shall be void, but otherwise shall be in full force and effect.




Taken and acknowledged before me
Justice of the Peace.


191 .


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