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Apr 3, 2020

COVID-19 Affecting Revenue Stream for City/Town Councils

Kevin Bernard

Orange Walk Mayor Kevin Bernard is pleading to Prime Minister Dean Barrow to afford city and town councils across the district financial relief. Most councils have closed down and only providing services of garbage disposal or market vending.  Bernard says that the council’s revenue streams are merely trickling, leaving the council on a financial cliff.  Bernard says that the Prime Minister should step in to assist the council as they face dire situations.

 

Kevin Bernard, Mayor, Orange Walk Town

“The mayors are saying we cannot sustain, we will not be able to sustain ourselves if there are no revenues coming in. As councils we are asking the Prime Minister to take very serious consideration in your municipalities as well across the board. I am not just speaking for just the Orange Walk Town Council. I am speaking for every single town council including those managed by his party’s members because all of us will face dire situations. For us, other municipalities are larger, have a little weight to bounce a bit but we will all have tough times. If our main stream revenues are not coming then the government has to step in and the government will have to step in. I listened to the Prime Minister at the press conference where he said that it should reach a checkpoint where until a point where we reach where we believe that we cannot help ourselves anymore, I believe that is wrong.”


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