For Belize City, Bernard Wagner too was able to declare victory following an overwhelming majority of votes. The second-term Mayor visited our studios last night and explained to our newsroom that this victory will allow him and the council to continue the projects they had started.
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: Throughout the course of the day, throughout the campaign did you have any doubt whatsoever that you may have not been reelected ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “No. I believe the work that we have done over the past three years and given the fact that we have faced this pandemic and came out without any casualties in our employee group is an indicator that this council has done the necessary planning in ensuring and the financial prudence to ensure that we stay on top of the pandemic. You know that we boasted about a surplus and it’s in events like this that operating in a prudent manner really comes out and tells the tale. I believe that we’ll continue to do the work that we’ve been doing. We have been essentially working the taxes and so we do not feel any strain or reliance on government. Even though we now have very friendly government along with us to collaborate with us we have learned to work the taxes to make sure that the taxes that we collect on a daily basis, the property tax, the trade license, the liquor license, the traffic fees, that these streams of revenue are able to adequately meet our operational expenses and carry out some measure of physical infrastructure for this city.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: One final question throughout the campaign you were going from community to community, division to division what were some of the complaints, the cries from the Belize City residents that were brought to you ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “The greatest complaint was jobs. Jobs, streets, drains and we have a huge problem with jobs. You know that COVID came and so that immediately increased the unemployment figures but we are optimistic that the economy is a peak and valley and we’re in the valley right now and certainly that will begin to rise and we are encouraged that tourism will come back with the vaccination gradually taking its effect all across the world, tourism will come back there will be this surge of travel. People want to travel, myself, I believe yourself want to travel so they will have this surge an so we just want our people to be prepared so that we are able to take these opportunities and really catapult Belize back to where it was prior to the events of COVID-19.”