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Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017. 9:21 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Amid growing public outcry over the high cost of fuel, Prime Minister Dean Barrow recently promised that the cost of fuel would be reduced by the middle of this month, but Opposition leader, John Briceño is not convinced.

According to Briceno, Barrow makes many promises and says many things but does otherwise. If Barrow was serious about reducing prices at the pump he could have reduced the tax, Briceno added.

He said he would not believe the Prime Minister until he sees it. According to Briceno, a reduction of five cents or ten cents is not enough. He suggested that maybe a two dollar reduction to keep the prices of fuel below ten dollars per gallon would be a positive start.

“The burden he is putting on the Belizean people is just way too much,” Briceño said.

UDP supporters have accused Briceno of owning gas stations across the country and collecting handsomely at the pumps.

But Briceno explained that the high costs at the pump only benefit the government and not service station owners because the majority of the money collected is for taxes paid to GOB.

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