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133K for ‘free’ concert

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Before the March 7 Municipal Election, the then UDP Belize City Council held what it described as a free concert for the public. They brought in international artists like Cecil and Baby Sham. While the public did not pay an entrance fee or anything of that sort, the money to pay for it all came from the public purse, or in other words, taxpayers’ monies were used to have this ‘free’ concert. How much? One hundred and thirty-three thousand dollars from taxpayers. While we were waiting for an interview with the leader of the PUP yesterday, the chairman, Henry Charles Usher briefly told us why the concert was not free.

Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman: “The last council said that they gave a free concert in BTL park when the concert cost $133,000.”
Reporter: It’s free to the public.
Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman: “Who pays the $133,000? Not the tax payers so it can’t be free to the public if the tax payers pay it.”

More than thirty thousand dollars were spent to secure both artists.

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