Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle has less than one week in office. Belisle announced some months ago that he would not be seeking re-election. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with him on his two terms in office.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: It’s been quite a while since we heard from the Mayor of Belmopan. Today we managed to speak with Mayor Khalid Belisle about the adjustments the pandemic forced them to deal with and as well his expectation for the year 2021 and the future.
Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan City: “As you alluded to it’s been a challenging final year here leading the Belmopan City Council. Of course we know the pandemic hit us just a little under a year ago and of course we weren’t insulated from the effects of that one bit but fortunately a little ingenuity, a little coming together, pulling together trying to be more resourceful allowed us to make it through to what is almost I believe the other end of this virus pandemic. A little worse for the wear but for the most part still whole as a city. I want to thank the residents of course who pitched in, who came up with ideas to assist us in trying to manage the city’s affairs in the face of what was a steep reduction in revenue coming through the doors here at City Hall. I can tell you that between April first and November thirtieth of last year we had about $800,000 – $1 million dollars less collected compared to the year of 2019 and so with a little resourcefulness and changes in how we operated we were still able to keep the operations afloat and running and I’m tremendously proud of the team here for having been able to do that. There were rough spots particularly when it came to debris collection but by and large we have pulled through especially when it came to continuing the pick up residential garbage, commercial garbage, try to keep providing those services to the city of Belmopan even on a very limited budget.”