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#401466 - 03/02/11 03:16 PM City Will Not Increase Property Taxes, Not Yet
Marty Offline
The Belize City council has a new deputy mayor. He is Dean Samuels who was elected by his fellow councilors and takes over from Phillip Willoughby.

Samuels, who also has responsibility for traffic, works, streets and drainage for southside will serve as deputy until the end of the term of life for this council in 2012.

Willoughby meanwhile takes over markets. But, he's still in charge of being an all occasion spokesperson. And today he told us why the council has decided that instead of the quintennial review of the property tax roll - which would raise everyone's property tax, the council will only do a surgical review:..

Phillip Willoughby, Deputy Mayor - Belize City
"There aren't no or any new taxes that the council will be issuing for this upcoming financial year."

Jules Vasquez
"Aren't you all due for a quinquennially review?"

Phillip Willoughby, Deputy Mayor - Belize City
"The quinquennially is due every 5 years but in light of the current economic situation we won't be issuing any more increase."

Jules Vasquez
"Isn't it in light for the upcoming election?"

Phillip Willoughby, Deputy Mayor - Belize City
"Well you are the one requesting it to be look at that way but we are just looking in light of everything else being equal and the current cost of living at this moment but what will be reviewed, it won't be the entire tax roll that will be re-accessed or increase but we need to contemplate how we look at some of these properties, businesses that are grossly, and I am saying this strongly that are undervalued and those will be look at and reviewed and that will be discussed with Belmopan - our cabinet ministers and proceeding that it is ok then we will proceed from there, but we need to."

Jules Vasquez
"But you all don't have autonomy, if it's undervalued you all - who knows it better that you all?"

Phillip Willoughby, Deputy Mayor - Belize City
"Yes but I think its just the position that we need to enlightened and engage everyone to share or promulgate what the underlining issue here is that some properties are grossly undervalued and those are the properties that needs to be reviewed and re-accessed."

Jules Vasquez
"So as not to create wide spread panic. What percentage of property owner's should expect a re-valuation considering that the 5 years review has been shelved?"

Phillip Willoughby, Deputy Mayor - Belize City
"I believe it's out of about 210, some 30 odd from the tax roll."

Channel 7


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#401476 - 03/02/11 03:36 PM Re: City Will Not Increase Property Taxes, Not Yet [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Councilor Philloughby says property tax for businesses possible

The City council met today behind closed doors and when that meeting was over, councilor Dean Samuels was elevated to Deputy Mayor for one year to succeed Councilor Philip Willoughby, whose stint as deputy will be remembered more for what he said than what he did. Samuels, an ally of Mayor Zenaida Moya-Flowers, is expected to stay close to her in the run up to the next municipal elections. But the question before city residents tonight is: will there be a property tax hike by the City Council? Since assuming control of City Hall in 2006, the present administration has not conducted a revision of taxes and the fear is that the much talked about hike will be the result of an impending five-year review by the U.D.P.’s municipal government. Willoughby is on record saying that there won’t be any additional taxes levied. But, he says, the council will re-evaluate the amount being paid by businesses considered to be grossly undervalued and where that applies, then those can expect an increase.

Phillip Willoughby, Former Deputy Mayor

“There aren’t no or any new taxes that the council will be issuing for this upcoming financial year.”

Jules Vasquez

“Aren’t you all due for a quinquennial review?”

Phillip Willoughby

Phillip Willoughby

“The quinquennial is due every five years, but in light of the current economic situation, we won’t be issuing any new increase.”

Jules Vasquez

“Was it in light of the upcoming elections?”

Phillip Willoughby

“Well you are the one requesting it to be looked at that way but we are just looking in light of everything else being equal and the current cost of living at this moment. But what will be reviewed, it won’t be the entire tax roll that will be reassessed or increased but we need to contemplate how we look at some of these properties, businesses that are grossly, grossly and I’m saying this strongly, that are undervalued and those will be looked at and reviewed. And that will be discussed with Belmopan, our Cabinet ministers and proceeding that it is ok then we proceed from there. I think it’s just the position that we need to enlighten and engage everyone to share or promulgate what the underlining issue here is that some properties are grossly undervalued and those are the properties that need to be reviewed and reassessed. But providing we take the position to increase those we will take the position to share with Central Government.”

Isani Cayetano

“Councilor you were referencing your valuation roll earlier. Can you explain some of the figures on that particular evaluation based on the numbers and the value of the properties?”

Phillip Willoughby

“Well it wouldn’t be the entire tax roll that will be reassessed like I said. Approximately, like I think, about ninety percent of the tax roll will remain the same providing we don’t do the surgical reassessment of those who need to be surgically reassessed. But providing that we get the go ahead then we pursue that avenue but some of them as I said and I will share with you and show you off camera that they are grossly undervalued to this end.”

According to Willoughby, the process is intended to be as objective as possible even when there are residents and business owners who have contributed financially to the party during election campaigns.

Channel 7


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#401505 - 03/03/11 12:21 AM Re: City Will Not Increase Property Taxes, Not Yet [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
They should increase property taxes all over Belize and can not understand why they have not. its a massive source of lost revenue for GOB. I pay less than US$50.00 per yr for 100 ft of beach and about US$200.00 for a house and lot in Belize City. Something wrong and needs to be adjusted.
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