Weighing in on the issue of salary cuts and the economic woes of the country was Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner. He told Love News that this is no time for games and that the signs were there for years that this day of reckoning would have come.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “It is what it is. The reality is there and everybody see it everyday that the country is in bad shape and the country didn’t reach this stage overnight, it didn’t reach here due to COVID it was a systematic constant writing on the wall that our leaders of the past never did see and probably if they saw it it they probably turned their head but the writing was on the wall long ago. So now we as residents, we as contributors to our society and as contributors to a greater Belize City or a greater Belize country have to look within ourselves and as teachers, as public servants we have to at some point in time put our own personal things aside and look country, and look city and look for greater ease or for future. So I think many of our teachers and our public servants are really losing a great opportunity here to make that ultimate sacrifice. I would be first to make a sacrifice such as that. Taking that cut to save our city, to save our country I think we’re missing a great opportunity. What greater lesson for our children, our school children to learn from their teachers that our teachers made the ultimate sacrifice of taking a 10% cut in their pay to save Belize City, to save the country of Belize. What greater lessons would a student receive than that lesson there ? That lesson of sacrifice.”