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Sep 9, 2021

Will G.O.B. Bail Out City Council with Garbage Bill?

Micah Goodin

When we spoke to the mayor last week, we were told that the outstanding payments were over a million dollars and counting, since the council has been unable to pay for about twenty-one weeks now. Based on the contractual agreement, the council pays about sixty thousand dollars weekly for garbage collection. But with BWC collecting only when needed, is the council still required to meet the full payment? While Councillor Goodin says it is something that they are looking at, he does say that CitCo is looking for a solution to the garbage issue.

 

Micah Goodin, Councillor Responsible for Garbage

“It is something that we do not take lightly, it is something that is very unfortunate, but we have been doing all possible to bring this situation to an end. We have been in communication with the principals of Belize Waster Control, we have been in communication with the government and so far, as of today, we’ve received some very optimistic news and hopefully, sooner than later, this issue will come to an end. The immediate solution is payment and I think very soon we are going to be able to meet that payment. In terms of long term, we have to look at our finances and look at mechanisms that will disallow us from coming here again. But it is very hard for a council that has limited financial streams of revenue. It is something that we are definitely looking at. I think the mayor had mentioned the possibility of a garbage tax or a garbage fee so as to be able to meet the financial obligations that we have with Belize Waste Control. So that is something that we are considering; that is something that will require consultation; that is something that will require dialogue with residents and so that is something in the near future that I think we will have to look at.”


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