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Screen_Shot_2015-02-02_at_7.48.04_PMWe are only weeks away from the Municipal Elections and to date candidates of both major political parties have been hitting the campaign trail in hope of garnering that winning vote that will send them to town hall. Here in Orange Walk the ambience is no different. On one side of the ring we have the members of the current P.U.P Town Council, with the exception of Councilor Neri Ramirez, who are seeking re-election on a track record of accountability and transparency. On the other side we have the UDP team who are all new comers and base their campaign on the support of national Government something which the PUP town council has not counted with but proven they can do without.

And that is exactly what the P.U.P team intends to continue doing if re-elected, work hand in hand with the community to move Orange Walk forward. On Friday last, the team, headed by Mayor Kevin Bernard, launched their 2015-2018 Manifesto. The Manifesto outlines the team’s social contract with residents and includes from Women’s Affairs and Social Issues to Financial Management.

Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council

“Your PUP Town Council will keep reducing the inherited UDP debt burden while maintaining financial stability; always keep our financial records accessible to the public via our Town Council Website and other means necessary; publish quarterly financial reports on newspapers or any other medium; hold open public meetings every six months to specifically discuss the financial affairs of the council; keep authority measures in place to ensure reduced administrative cost; follow the revenue enhancement consultancy recommendations to improve revenue collection and incorporate into the yearly budgets measures that advances the goals of a child friendly municipality.”

Keeping in line with the council’s finances, Mayor Kevin Bernard also stated that the tax system will continue working for the people.

Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council

“Your PUP town Council will introduce an effective tax collection system, we will offer tax incentives to senior citizens over the age of 65; we will ensure that taxes are put into good use in the development of our town, we will keep taxes fair, transparent and equitable at all times, we will guarantee that residence with overdue taxes are given fair and equal opportunity to become current with their tax payments and lastly we will continue offering fair and equitable tax incentives to new startup businesses especially those own by young individuals.”

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