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Nov 13, 2018

Mayor Says P.S.U. Never Returned to Negotiating Table

According to Mayor Belisle, were the P.S.U. to have honored the agreement, a significant portion of what is outstanding would have been cleared.  The property, which was valued at no more than half a million dollars, was later sold for four hundred thousand.  But, was City Hall too generous in discounting the cost for Xin Ni?

 

Khalid Belisle, Mayor, Belmopan City Council

“We’ve done the calculations, had the rent been paid to time and had it been up to date, we at the council should have collected a hundred and two thousand dollars to this point.  We’ve only collected two thousand, sir.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“In looking at this entire situation and the fact that you guys were in talks for a period of time, perhaps to arrive at an amicable solution.”

 

Khalid Belisle

“That’s right, that’s what we were aiming for.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Was there any other option on the table aside from the fact that you guys wanted X amount of money, they wanted a hundred and eighty-seven thousand dollars to pay for the property.  Was there any other option on the table?”

 

Khalid Belisle

“I don’t recall us discussing any other option.  We were working towards a final sale.  A final sale.”

 

Reporter

“How much flexibility did you all have on the five hundred and three thousand?  It‘s a half a million dollars and it‘s a union, it isn‘t a business.  I know you‘re saying it‘s a haircut, but it‘s a lot.  Half a million is a lot to ask a union for.”

 

Khalid Belisle

“Clearly there was flexibility because we didn‘t end up selling for a half a million dollars, but we left the door opened for them to come back to us and they never did.”

 

Reporter

“Is a forty percent discount off the commercial value, would that be consistent with how the Belmopan City Council makes land sales?”

 

Khalid Belisle

“I would say yes, for the reason that we noh wahn broke the businessman.  We would like to leave him with something to be able to start his project as well.”

 

Reporter

“So then, if you would entertain a forty percent discount for a private developer who is not, you could say, a son of the soil from Belmopan, the business owner is from Corozal as I understand it.  So then why couldn’t you give or offer a forty percent discount from the five hundred and three thousand valuation for the P.S.U. which would put you in the vicinity of three hundred thousand?”

 

Khalid Belisle

“But we waited for them to come back to us, Jules.”


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