Belize City Council Fills Vacancies to Boost Revenue and Programs Amid Transition

Belize City Council Fills Vacancies to Boost Revenue and Programs Amid Transition

Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, and his human resources department have spent the past few months filling multiple vacancies at the council. The mayor indicated that they are looking to strengthen the finance sector of the council with a goal to increase revenue collections and programs.  It is a plan that was in place prior to the passing of City Administrator, Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt in March and which had continued. According to the Mayor, her absence is still felt and the transition has been slow but sure.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: It’s been tough, it’s been tough. But they say, my mom used to always tell me God only gives the toughest job to his worthy soldiers. And I believe that we have gone through so much. In my six, seven years here at the city hall we have been through so much. We’ve been hoping, we’ve been trying to rebuild back in terms of human capacity, right? We have been putting in place the finance director, we are putting in place the revenue manager, the auditing officer in place so as to ensure that we are accountable, we are transparent, and that we continue to serve the people how we have always served them during our six years; accountability, transparency, financial prudence. We have never, we have had rough roads I tell you I am not one that cries.  We have had our financial gaps and problems, but we have always been able to dig deep within ourselves to find the resources to push our revenue managers to the limits getting the funds required to continue to deliver the goods and services for the people of our beautiful Belize City.”

Mayor Wagner also spoke with Love News on several development projects that the council has undertaken and the achievements including the paving of 120 streets over the past two years.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “I am pleased with the performance of the past two councils that I’ve served on and this, the existing one, we were able to achieve 120 streets all across the city. This is how development occurs in my view that when you push the button and you push it to the maximum where you drive development and you drive accountability and transparency, when you are able to walk away you have the next person or the next mayor who comes in can’t sit on his or her laurels they have to work because the people will hold them accountable and that has to be the sort of training going forward that we hold our municipal leaders accountable and we have the continuity of development. The continuity of development is very important especially as we face climate change. We are hearing every day about climate resilient infrastructure. Belize City our streets are in good shape and that is because I’m experiencing a different area, a different country. And so I’m saying to myself, If Darrell Bradley, the previous mayor, completed a hundred plus concrete decent streets and myself and my team were able to complete a hundred and twenty plus in cement streets now we are getting there. So the next council is supposed to do another hundred and so at some point in time we will reach a point where the seven hundred plus streets in Belize are all decent streets and all livable space which really gives people quality of life.”

Mayor Bernard Wagner is now serving his third term in office.

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