By Alexis R. Milan
The Supreme Court of Belize has ordered the Belize City Council, to pay more than half a million dollars to Belize Waste Control (BWC) for arrears on garbage collection owed to the company.
For every day that the City Council fails to make the payment an additional $86.30 will be added to the total as interest. The City Council did not offer a defense in court, so the ruling became a default judgement.
Mayor Darrell Bradley has indicated that CitCo has already reached out to Belize Waste Control Limited and is in the process of formulating a payment schedule with the sanitation company.
Belize Waste Control Limited had previously taken the City Council to court in April of this year over arrears that the Council owed. At the time both sides had agreed to an out-of-court settlement when the debt was reduced to just two-weeks of outstanding balances.
Since then the City Council has fallen behind and the BWC decided it was time to renew action in the courts.
Mayor Bradley has long maintained that the cost of sanitation in Belize City takes up too much of Council’s revenue. According to Bradley, the sanitation payroll accounts for 40 percent of the Council’s weekly spending. This includes obligations to Belize Waste Control and Belize Maintenance Limited (BML), with whom the Council is still trying to catch up on arrears.
Mayor Bradley has said that the Belize City Council will close out these debts in as timely a manner as possible and intends to pay off both companies in full.