It should not escape attention that at the meeting of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture, held on St. Croix on Oct. 17, Committee Chair Allison DeGazon raised the issue of WICO board members receiving $1,500 — and the board chairman $2,000 — per meeting.

According to The Daily News report, Interim President and CEO of WICO Anthony Ottley responded to DeGazon that there should be a decrease in the annual $700,000 payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, the entity is mandated to pay (“V.I.’s BIG problem,” The Daily News, Oct. 18, 2019). He did not address the issue of the illegal, exorbitant payments to WICO board members.