REPORT #332 June 2000
HERE IS A ROUGH DRAFT BUDGET
DONE FOR THE COUNTRY, COVERING THE YEAR 2001
Produced by the Belize
SINCE THE PUP POLITICAL PARTY HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO PUBLISH A
BUDGET, IT BEING BEYOND THEIR ABILITIES. THE IDEA IS TO BRING SOME SANITY BACK TO GOVERNING A SMALL COUNTRY THAT
IS NOT BIG ENOUGH IN REVENUES TO QUALIFY AS THE SMALLEST CORPORATION ON
THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE. ($150 million USA)
( for debating purposes )
The following 2001 budget is fairly realistic. It is predicted on an
annual revenue of between $280 million to $330 million for this year.
Since we believe from all published data that $280 million is the
average income, and that cycles around the mean average will go upward of
$330 million, the actual budget of the nation will be calculated on the
average of $280 million. It is quite possible the income for the year
2000 will be around $350 million. That doesn't guarantee that it will be
so for the year 2001 though.
Any excess of income over and above $280 million, whatever it is
going to be, will be assigned to be deposited in the nation's savings of
Fiscal Foreign Reserves.
The actual budget used for the year 2001 is a fixed $280 million. No
outside borrowing permitted. GRANT FACTORIES will be established at all
levels of government.
a) Of $280 million, 25% will be applied to outstanding foreign loans
for principal when possible and interest payments. If this is not
enough, we will default on something, or reduce payments.
The amount available for interest payments and principal for the year
will be $70 million, to be divided among our foreign creditors.
b) This leaves $205 million to govern the country.
It is believed that the current method of governing the country is
not cost efficient, so autonomy of the Districts will be necessary and
each district will be given a base amount with which to pay all
government functions outside of national interests.
c) Each District government will receive $73.8 million to carry on all
government traditionally done by Belmopan at the local level. The total
for all six districts is 36% of national revenues, or 6% for each
district equally. This comes to $12.3 million for distribution for
government services in each district equally.
This is to cover
b) Public Works
c) Schools & Education
d) Social things
e) local courts under elected local judges
National Government is responsible for:
a) A national small professional police out of Belmopan,
similar to the USA, FBI operations.
$131.20 million is available for Belmopan to carry out these duties.
b) Defense, or the BDF
c) Legislative and Senate costs
e) Government printers, or Internet based publishing of
f) Post Office throughout the country.
g) Foreign Embassies
h) Inter-District highway systems
i) Customs and Immigration
j) Ports and Aviation
k) Forestry & Agriculture
l) Other departments
m) To provide other matching grants to District Governments for
specialized projects and programs outline in Grant applications.
In order to make such budgets work according to national revenue flows,
it will be necessary to reorganize the way the National Government is
run. The Cabinet should be a Collegiate Body, sort of similar to a
Fishing Cooperative Managing committee without any Ministerial Posts.
Only hired professional departmental managers. There should be seven
members for this Collegiate Body, just like Switzerland. One for each
district and one as a tie breaker from the Federal District of Belmopan.
The Prime Minister could be decided annually in turn from the Collegiate
Body, or from the Legislature.
The Legislature and Senate should be elected by direct voting with
equal representation from each district, irregardless of population
numbers. Population numbers will only count in District, or Town
The Police will be run locally under locally elected chiefs, or
commissioners, but retain national training and communications. The
budget that is already spent on police for each district can be the
starting valuation for necessary funds, from District budget
distributions. Similarly the District Hospital and clinics, teachers and
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