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Ultramar account frozen for outstanding government debt

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Bank accounts of Ultramar have been frozen due to an outstanding government debt in excess of 124 million peso. Isla Mujeres mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis explained that at the request of the city council, the freezing of accounts was achieved through a court order after the company lost a lawsuit through which it tried to avoid compliance with that financial obligation established in the municipal finance law.

Carrillo Soberanis said the company has its accounts frozen due to an Environmental Sanitation Law debt of around 124 million peso, which has not been paid since January 2019.

“There was a litigation and we won. I want to make it clear that the right to sanitation is not being charged for everyone as they want people to believe. The island’s inhabitants are exempt from this payment as are the workers who cross every day to work and the people residing in the state of Quintana Roo. It is only for tourists,” the mayor clarified.

Carrillo Soberanis pointed out that for the calculation of the payment requirement, the tickets managed by the company itself were taken into account. On Wednesday morning, Isla Mujeres Ultramar employees demonstrated with a work stoppage due to their lack of pay.

The demonstration lasted around five hours, after which, ferry crossing services were resumed.