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Jan 8, 2021

Belize City Mayor on Fulfilling his Manifesto

Bernard Wagner

Reflecting on the completion of his term, Mayor Wagner acknowledges that the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic did impact the councils’ ability to fulfill its manifesto promises.  According to Wagner, he feels they get to about eighty to ninety percent. He says that this third year was primarily crisis management, but that they helped many.

 

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“This council will go down as one of the councils that really only had a two-year term to serve because the first two years we were well aware with our plan, our manifesto was being completed on a timely basis. But COVID-19 came and so the third year has really been a crisis management. You can’t plan. You plan week to week, day to day, hour to hour. You are a Belize City resident, you see the streets in a deplorable condition. And while people might say we need the streets fixed, the fact of the matter is that there are priorities and for the past year, the priority for us has been about serving the people and doing things outside our mandate, giving pantries, being there to help with the elderly, being there to help with the children’s home and giving out social assistance. All of this is not really in the mandate of the council, but we felt that it was imperative as a responsible city to render some assistance in those areas which we have done by and large.”


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