Volunteers at the Agricultural Fair in St. Croix, VI

What Do Volunteers Bring to AARP VI? A LOT!

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Virgin Islands | Volunteering Each year, residents of the Virgin Islands come together on the island of St. Croix to present one of the largest displays of agricultural products, livestock, arts, crafts and good food to the Caribbean. As the year’s largest event, the Agricultural and Food Fair (Ag Fair), draws thousands of fairgoers from all four US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the US, and many other island nations down the Caribbean island chain. For more than more than 25 …

GRUFF Group Wins Demand of Return of Funds

GRUFF Takes Its Demands to the VI Legislature and WINS!

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Money & Work | Virgin Islands Government Retirees United For Fairness (GRUFF) took the opportunity Monday evening to have one of its key issues heard before the VI Legislature where it received unanimous* approval for the return of the 8 percent removed from their retroactive checks. GRUFF, made up of retirees who were unsatisfied with how the government had handled a retroactive salary payment, began holding meetings last fall at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School. During their meetings they discussed several GERS-related issues, decided to hire …

Seniors May be Driving More at Night

VI Seniors May Soon be Able to Drive at Night Again

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands In a Legislative hearing held on March 4, 2014 Senators and concerned government agency heads debated the pros and cons of moving an additional 2 percent of money collected from territorial property taxes to help fund street lighting. The additional 2 percent will bring the total amount dedicated to pay for street lighting up to 6 percent or an estimated $6.3 million for 2014. The Water and Power Authority (WAPA), which provides the lighting, estimates the actual cost of annual …

Remodel for Mobility and Save on Taxes, Too

Remodel for Mobility and Save on Taxes, Too

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work | Virgin Islands Virgin Islanders can get a tax break for improvements that make their homes more “visitable”—meaning more accessible to people with disabilities. A law backed by AARP offers a 20 percent reduction in property taxes for 10 years to homeowners who remodel their houses to accommodate people with mobility issues. To qualify, a home must have a no-rise entrance, a front door at least 36 inches wide and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the first floor. To apply, call the Division of Building …

SCGR Advocates for GERS Solvency

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Virgin Islands Over the years, AARP VI has worked to educate VI Government retirees about the Government Employees’ Retirement System’s (GERS) condition. That work involved trying to motivate retirees to advocate that the VI government take immediate steps to help the system remain solvent. To AARP’s great satisfaction, two groups have recently formed – one on St. Thomas known as Government Retirees United For Fairness (GRUFF) and one on St. Croix known as the St. Croix Government Retirees (SCGR).  Both are offering …

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Ways Seniors Can Survive the VI’s Financial Storm

Posted on 01/31/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Money & Work | Virgin Islands Monday, January 27th Governor John P. deJongh delivered his final State of the Territory Address to the 30th Legislature and the people of the Virgin Islands. He provided his listeners with a snapshot of his administration’s accomplishments and shortfalls and described the many challenges facing Virgin Islanders in the very near future.  It was no surprise that the Governor’s remarks were solemn and focused primarily on the economy. Our local newspapers prepared us for some of what the Governor would …