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Jul 2, 2020

Former Belize City Mayor Says There Is No Long Standing Agreement with Chon Saan

Former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley told News Five today that there is no long-standing agreement between the Belize City Council and Chon Saan Palace. Bradley responded to an interview that the owner of Chon Saan Palace and the U.D.P.’s Standard Bearer for Caribbean Shores Lee Mark Chang gave to News Five earlier in the week. Chang claimed that the council owes him eighteen thousand six hundred and seventy-nine dollars in food and drinks consumed between September 2016 and October 2017. The bill was never paid and now Chang wants what Bradley’s council ate and drank to be paid or written off in property tax. Bradley says he finds it interesting that Chang would seek to collect the debt now as opposed to three years ago when he was still the mayor. 

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Former Belize City Mayor

“There is no longstanding agreement like that. Any time somebody has to do any kind of write offs or so forth, that is an accounting exercise. Nobody can just say that property taxes or trade license will be forgiven. One of the things that we did is put in clear checks in respect to that because of where we came from before. That is not something that is done just like that. There is an entry and something in writing that would have been documented in respect to that. That is kind of surprising to me that that would come up at this time. You are talking about a period of fourteen months. You mentioned the dates 2016 and 2017. That is four years and three years ago. If you are saying that you were going to claim set offs and so forth I would have been the mayor at that particular time. I mean I would question why those things were not done at that appropriate time. I think it is quite interesting and I use that word deliberately that that would come up three and four years after I have left office. “

 

Hipolito Novelo

“…but most importantly, two weeks before the leadership convention.”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well I mean I think that the timing of that is quite interesting.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“The council’s attorney, Lindo Junior; he is saying that the situation is that anyone from the city council can go to Chon Saan and order food. You have Jane Doe and John Doe going there and ordering food and putting it on the council’s bill. I think there is a receipt from Chon Saan showing a virgin pina colada and fillet mignon.”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Anyone from my tenure, or like you have to be very careful because we did not do that.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Well the receipts are from your administration.”

 

Darrell Bradley

“He is saying that anyone from the council can go and procure that? I don’t know that to be the case.”


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