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Jun 4, 2015

Mayor Bradley Responds to P.U.P. Deputy Leader’s Comments on Transparency at City Hall

Darrell Bradley

Another issue addressed by the Mayor had to do with claims that there is a lack of transparency and accountability at the City Council. Earlier this week,  Deputy Party Leader of the People’s United Party, Julius Espat, said that the city is not getting bang for its buck as it relates to the cementing some one hundred and forty streets in the Old Capital. Mayor Bradley did not take that assertion lightly retorting that as mayor he has been transparent at City Hall with the publishing of the audits of the financial status of the Council and that the suggestion by Julius Espat is political fluff.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We have ran a city council that is the most transparent in many years so that every single year, we have our independent auditors come in. our auditors at one point was Castillo Sanchez and Burrell; now our auditors are PKF and they are going to start their audit with the ending of the 2015 fiscal year…they are going to start it in June again. So they are going to be right in this room conducting a full audit of all our accounts. When we received our first audit and it was a qualified audit, the first thing I gave directions to was to make it public. All our audits are made public. Unu bash me a lot about the audits, but I believe in making that information public. We put out our tax rolls so that everybody can know who all and how much…you can know how much the prime minister pays for property taxes and trade license; you can know how much the mayor pays for property taxes and trade…all of that information is public. We do these things in terms of the ease of doing business conversation because we are about accountability and transparency. There is an audit of the sinking fund also at the Central Government so that when you make general questions in terms of a lack of accountability, there is no basis for that because we can point to specific accountability measures in relations to how we ensure that public funds are spent in a way that it accords with good administrative practices.”

 

As to the cemented streets that are currently in less than favorable conditions, Mayor Bradley says that contractors will have to repair the streets in accordance with their contracts with city hall. 

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