Minister of Local Government appoints Financial Controller for the Punta Gorda Town Council.

Municipal elections cycle every three years in Belize and, with only about 6 months away from another one, scrutiny from the Department of Local Government has increased, especially against the PUP Punta Gorda Mayor Anthony Fuentes and his council.According to the Department of Local Government , effective Monday, September 1, 2014, the Minister of Local Government appointed a Financial Controller for the Punta Gorda Town Council.

vlcsnap-2014-09-05-06h32m33s249According to a press release issued, the appointment of a Financial Controller for the Punta Gorda Town Council is in accordance with Section 5 Subsection 23A of the Town Council Act as amended by Statutory Instrument No. 21 of 2008 which gives the Minister with responsible for Local Government such powers: “Where the Minister, after considering the financial affairs of the Council, forms the opinion that its financial affairs are not in accordance with the rules and regulations, or that the financial position of the Council is such that it requires strengthened fiscal management and controls, he may after consultation with the Council, appoint a financial controller to oversee the financial affairs of the Council and may direct that all disbursements from the Town Fund above such amount as he may prescribe shall be certified by such financial controller in order to be valid.”

The Minister has appointed Mr. Glenford Hines to act as Financial Controller for the Punta Gorda Town Council for the period of one year.

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