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Belmopan mayor rejects claims of financial mismanagement

 False. That’s what Belmopan Mayor Sharon Palacio has called reports of financial mismanagement at the City Council. In a statement she issued on April 28, Mayor Palacio not only rejected the social media reports but said that the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government’s recent monitoring and oversight field assessment was quote “more than commendable”. Mayor Palacio reports that the Council’s operations are compliant with its legal and regulatory obligations and says the Ministry praised the council for its timely submission of meeting minutes. Additionally, she says that the council’s daily deposits match close-out at the end of the day and bank reconciliations on all the council’s accounts are done monthly. There have also been improvements in the management of the city’s traffic department, particularly as it pertains to licensing. Importantly, the Mayor insists that the council’s balance sheets are starting to look more realistic and its financial records for the period 2017-2021 will be ready for audit some time in the summer. The council will also resume in-person public meetings starting in May.