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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018. 3:02 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  Amidst budgetary constraints, the Belize City Council has opted to not hold a municipal fair this year.

In an email to the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), City Administrator at the Council, Stephanie Lindo, requested the event be removed from the playbill, “so that there is no confusion.”

Since the United Democratic Party took control of the Council in 2006 the event had been celebrated every September 10th.

Councilor Micah Goodin today told BBN that a cancellation of the fair does not mean that they will not celebrate the 10th of September.

“We will still parade through the city and acknowledge our history.” However, he said that the council is faced with serious financial matters that they inherited from their predecessors.

Goodin told us that in addition to meeting payroll for over 400 employees and ensuring the continuation of physical and social infrastructure projects, the council has a one million dollar judgment to settle before the courts.

“This is a default judgment because our predecessors didn’t file a defense against the Belize Waste Control,” he said.

Goodin, who pointed that he was speaking on his own behalf, told our newsroom that, “the council has to spend its limited resources carefully because unlike those before us we cannot rely on the central government for a bailout.”

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