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Mayor Wagner questions payment to UDP crony and contractor

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018. 8:31 am CST.

">By BBN Staff: The newly elected PUP Belize City Council is questioning an almost $60,000 payout to an alleged UDP crony and proclaimed contractor, Gilbert “Gilly” Franklin.

According to Mayor Bernard Wagner, when he assumed office on March 8th he was printed with a bill for payment to Franklin.

A senior staff from the Council’s Finance Department had authorized payment for $59,600.

This was for 39 loads of hardcore material valued at $23,400, 32 loads of “all-in” valued at $24,000 and 17 culverts.

However, Mayor Wagner has not honored those payments and instead sent his Works Manager to value the cost of the works done.

His Works Manager estimated the goods and services at around $44,000.

Clearly, a difference of around $15,000.

At a press conference yesterday in Belize City, Mayor Wagner questioned the difference.


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