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Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:00

Kevin BernardOver the past 6 months, we've been reporting on things that are going terribly wrong at the Orange Walk Town Council and a recent publication of that municipality's financials for the month of June simply proves what we've been saying all along. The financials of the council for May and June posted in the owtc.bz website paint a picture of a mismanaged municipality.


In the area of liquor and trade licenses, there is a significant variance between what is projected and what is actually collected in both May and June. In the month of May, it is a combined shortfall  of over 28 thousand dollars and in the month of June its no better with the shortfall being 29 thousand less than projected. And while these areas saw shortfalls the pressure is on for the small man at the market with revenue increasing in this area as well as fees placed on vehicle vendors. The idea apparently is to pressure the small man.

And while they pressure the small man, work by the council is virtually stagnant, in all areas of maintenance: streets, the cemetery, and garbage pit; what was spent pales in comparison to what was budgeted for.

The salaries bill however, doubled with approval for June going from 34 thousand budgeted to 66 thousand spent. The same occurred with wages going from 53 thousand to 68 thousand dollars.

What is also noteworthy is that a whopping 6 thousand plus dollars was spent on computer repairs, consultancy fees were also up. The question that is begged is who conducted the computer repairs and what were the consultancies for?

We've long been reporting that there is something going wrong at the Orange Walk Town Council and the financials are just testament to that. The question now is how long will the Council continue to operate in the manner in which it has been operating?

 

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