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San Ignacio Town (Cayo)

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021. 8:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: At Tuesday’s meeting, Cabinet agreed to conduct an exercise to review the existing boundaries for the seven (7) district towns of Belize. Specifically Cabinet approved that a study for the re-delineation of municipal boundaries for Dangriga, Corozal, Orange Walk, San Pedro, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Benque Viejo and Punta Gorda towns be conducted.

According to Government of Belize Cabinet brief that was released late this evening, the decision to look at the district boundaries is “in support of a 2012 request by the Belize Mayors’ Association to re-delineate municipal boundaries”.

This decision by Cabinet is the first step to consider the extension of the town limits for all district towns. Over the years, the Mayors of district towns have been clamoring for an extension of their boundaries, primarily as the town councils want to collect property taxes from residents in these adjoining areas that are close to the town, but legally outside town limits. The same applies to businesses that operate outside the town limits as these businesses are not required to pay trade licenses to the town administration.

On the other side of the coin is that residents in these adjoining areas that fall outside the legal boundaries of the town clamor for garbage collection, road repair and roadside bushogging and cleaning services., and put undue pressure on the town councils to provide these services.

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