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Feb 14, 2018

The Belize City Council’s Record from 2015 to 2018, Annotated

Darrell Bradley

Most of the current councilors have been serving since Zenaida Moya’s administration at City Hall. So with the transition process underway, in what state will Mayor Bradley’s successor inherit 109 North Front Street come March seventh? 

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“This council is, I don‘t want to say debt-free because no government is debt-free, but this council is the most debt responsible council in modern day and everything that I have borrowed for, I can show you where you have benefited.  So that I can tell you the municipal bond, and I would put a plug in here that a quarter of the municipal bond has already been paid back.  We‘ve paid back five million and a quarter, we‘ve paid back more than five million dollars of that municipal bond, and a portion of it matures right here in June.  So we‘ve never had a problem in servicing that.  But as a corollary to that, I can show you a hundred and sixty-five streets.  I can show you Princess Margaret Drive.  I can show you B.T.L. Park and Battlefield Park.  We went to Heritage Bank to get financing for the Commercial Center and in ten months you will have a new City Hall.  So that we can show you that there are ways where we have borrowed but borrowed responsibly, so that I can tell you that one of the areas of significant debt of this council is judgment debts.  We have had to pay back BML and [Belize] Waste Control and when I became mayor we were saddled with significant litigation and right now for the last, I would think three years, I have not been in court at all because we have responsibly managed it and we‘re paying it back.  So that when that we‘ve already paid back BML.  When we, and that was over two million dollars, and you had these judgment debts and you cyant show one thing fi it.  You can‘t show one street or one building or one park.  You just had these debts that you had to pay for and we have inherited that and we have had to pay it back.  And we are paying it back, and what I am saying is that the new council will inherit a fiscally responsible council.  It will inherit a council that had much less debt than I inherited and it will have a council that can show a record of performance that the new mayor will sit in a building that he did not build.”

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