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Mayor-elect commissions report into finances at City Hall

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Belize City Mayor-elect, Bernard Wagner has commissioned a report into the finances at City Hall, particularly between the period between January and March, preceding last week’s municipal elections.

Wagner told the Reporter today that the report was commissioned because the new Council felt that it was imperative that they conduct an audit to know where they stand before they take over.

The mayor-elect explained that he issued a memo to all the Council’s managers informing them that a team, which includes certified auditor/accountant, former Mayor Jose Coye would provide the report on the Council’s finances to date. He said he asked that the managers facilitate the team with whatever necessary records in order for them to carry out the work, which he added, is being done pro-bono (free of cost). He said that the team is only at the Council temporarily and will leave when the report is completed. Thereafter the Council will contract a “non-partisan” auditor to carry out an audit.

Meanwhile, Wagner said that while he has pledged to not victimize any City Council employee, he expects them to be professional and to not engage in partisan politics as it relates to the Council’s affairs. The memo, he said, was circulated among only the managers and it was leaked to people outside of the Council.

The new City Mayor and his Councillors will be sworn in on Wednesday.

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