The Solomon Islands is a constitutional monarchy with three tiers of government: national, provincial and local. The constitution specifically mentions sub-national government and the main legislative texts for local government include the Local Government Act 1996, Provincial Government Act 1997 and Honiara City Act 1999. The Minister for Provincial Government has responsibility for the provinces, while the Minister for Home Affairs has responsibility for all other local government including Honiara. However, Honiara is currently the only established local government and is empowered to raise local revenue through property rates, business tax and fees for services or licences.
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