A `kwartiermaker` willcome, just like the mare-chaussees last year were`kwartiermakers`.3)She promised to go on
next time she is here.4)
The Dutch will be re-sponsible for collectingthe back taxes as far backas five years. .
All thetaxes that Governmenthave to pay back to theircitizens will also be paidby the Dutch 5 years retro-actively. Astrid McKenzieasked this question, sheworks at the Tax Depart-ment and gets called everyday about money Govern-ment owes people.About the backtaxes Bij-leveld stresses ´Wie heft,moet innen`, meaning `if you tax, you have to col-lect.´. The money collectedwill be invested in the
and the Antil-lean Government is stillresponsible
. The taxes thatwill be received, will notbe deducted with the Debtpaying arrangement.5)Bijleveld said: `
Or BES orIndependent
had a most intelligent and confronting
question for Mrs. Bijle-veld.The man first stated thatthis BES option is the bestoption for now. But whatwill happen to our futuregeneration? Is this the
point of no return or canwe still change our Statusin the future?`The only other option isindependence`, she said.6)Mrs. Bijleveld said that
within 5 years there willbe an evaluation andsome things may needadjustment for the BESislands.
By that time Holland willhave a new Government and a new Second Cham-ber and a new State Secre-tary of Kingdom Affairs.
question about the qualifi-cations a politician needsto have, Mr. Kamp saidthe only qualification apolitician needs is has tobe the trust the peoplehave in them.He also let the audienceknow that he understandsthe difficulties a smallisland like Statia has. Hecompared it to a Dutchsmall municipality andsaid that in Holland thereis a lot of cooperation withother municipalities andthe “Provincie” also takescare of structural thingslike water supply. A smallisland like Statia doesn’thave this cooperation andhas even more things totake care of: a harbor, anairport, a hospital.Mrs. Bijleveld answer tothe next question from Mrs.Rivers, what mechanismwill be in place to check ourlocal Government, was:“We make sure “good” or“corporate” Government isin effect, we will have“financieel toezicht” andwe will have “toezicht opgeldleningen”, meaning theDutch will check that Gov-ernment does not give pri-vate loans.
, prin-cipal of the Golden Rock Catholic School was won-dering where the bookswere that were ordered. Shehadn’t heard of any books.“Books were not ordered asyet, Mrs. Bijleveld said, butsoon every school will havethe possibility to make re-quests for books.Mrs. Clarke-Brown toldMrs. Bijleveld that there isa great lack of “socialhelp”, the elementaryschools need“psychologists, psychiatricsand other professionals likeremedial teachers and evensubstitute teachers.”Bijleveld agreed on that,but did not make anypromises.In an interview with StatiaNews and Mr. Reehuis, ournew head of the Departmentof Education (Bureau On-derwijs), Bijleveld madesome remarks abouteducation: “
The extramoney for education willbe spend on structuralchanges”
Her staffmember, who alsotook part in the conversa-tion, said: “We will notspend money on pro- jects.
Projects do notguarantee structuralchanges
”“We moeten naar dewerkvloer” Mrs. Bij-leveld added, meaning:
“We have to talk tothe teachers.”
Mrs. Ank Bijleveld-SchoutenMr. Henk Kamp