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The Plenary approves the draft municipal budgets for 2020 (10/03/2020)

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The Plenary Session of the City Council of Alhama approved tonight in extraordinary session the project of municipal budgets for this year 2020. The Councilor for Finance, Felipe García, has been responsible for breaking down, through the report prepared by Mayor, the fundamental data of the income and expenses chapters of this year, which will have 21,862,247.83 euros.

The income increases, mainly due to the modification of the fiscal ordinances that took place last October, and with it also the money available for investments and maintenance of the different programs and services.

The personnel expenses chapter includes the salary increase (2%) foreseen in Royal Decree-Law 2/2020, of January 21, 2020, as well as the salary revision carried out last year of 0.25%;

the updating of the Minimum Interprofessional Salary, the remuneration increases of the Local Police and other departments, as well as the incorporation of new jobs.

This section increases, compared to the previous year, by 6.72% (505,270.39 euros) and represents 36.73% of the total expenditure budget.

In current expenditures on goods and services, the various contracts and commitments currently in force have been contemplated.

Also the improvement in the service of garbage collection and road cleaning through a new contract.

Garcia said that "we will continue all the actions, programs, investments and grants that have been carried out during one or some of the previous years."

In addition, the 2020 budget will allow, in the words of the councilman, “better performance in the animal collection and control service, to comply with the legal precepts of zero slaughter;

budget extension for theater activities;

improvement in logistics in electrical installations;

contract reinforcement in the area of ​​intervention for better control;

tender of the contract for the municipal parking service;

increase of the budget for the tender of the garbage and road cleaning contract;

improvement for the maintenance of computer programs;

improvement for the purchase of mobile infrastructure in districts;

transportation service for neighbors who have to travel to the Virgen de La Arrixaca hospital;

enlargement to enable more and better benefits and services in the prevention of absenteeism and school dropout;

improvement in the contract for the delivery of social services workshops that enable training and assistance to people at risk of social exclusion;

and expansion of home help services for dependents, as well as for the day centers for the elderly and the disabled ”.

On the other hand, actions of approved programs will be carried out in the participatory budgets 2019-2020 worth 71,710 euros, within the departments of Environment, Social Welfare, Seniors, Equality, Health, Education, Youth, Sports and Pedanías.

This section increases compared to the previous year by 6.32% (640,014.28 euros) and represents 49.28% of the total expenditure budget.

On current transfers, grants, scholarships and prizes planned for the promotion of education, culture, environment and sport, among other subjects, as well as aid for various social needs have been recorded.

All of them published in the National State Subsidies Platform, as stated in art.

20 of the Subsidies Law.

The contributions of the municipality corresponding to the associations, foundations, consortiums or societies of which it is a part are also contemplated.

"In current grants, this budget continues to advance in the commitment to strengthen, to the extent of our possibilities, the social and cultural fabric of our municipality, as well as the attention to the most vulnerable people and groups," said Garcia.

The budget for 2020 includes a € 55,000 item for the contest of ideas for the project of the new La Cubana Park, including the thermal center (spa).

It also contemplates a game for the recovery of three historical rafts in the village of Gebas, through an agreement with the neighborhood association, complying with one of the projects chosen in the latest edition of participatory budgets.

This chapter is increased compared to the previous year by 2.35% (24,695.35 euros), which represents 4.91% of the total expenditure budget for 2020.

As real investments, the most relevant actions are the reform of the second phase of the Castle, worth 640,000 euros and a new fairground in the Nueva Espuña urbanization, of 400,000 euros.

Also the part to be executed of the participatory budgets 2019-2020, where the coverage of the CEIP Ginés Díaz - San Cristóbal track, for an amount of 80,000 euros, represents the largest investment of the total of 167,000 euros allocated for this year.

Other significant items are the 2020-2023 public road plan, of 80,000 euros;

the replacement of the artificial turf of soccer field 11 in the Guadalentín sports complex, worth 70,000 euros;

the Works and Services Plan, and the replacement of LED luminaires, 55,000 euros;

remodeling works of the Los Secanos nursery school to adapt as a new Social Services center, 50,000 euros;

the implementation of organic collection, 48,858 euros;

works in the basement in the Town Hall, 46,000 euros;

improvement of energy efficiency to install solar panels in public buildings, 45,000 euros;

and zone inclusive games in parks, 45,000 euros, among others.

This section increases compared to the previous year by 58.22% (719,255.38 euros) and represents 8.94% of the total expenditure budget.

Capital transfers include, as a novelty, the help of 25,000 euros for the reform of the Las Flotas therapeutic center, with the aim of facilitating and contributing to the improvement of life and inclusion of people with addictions.

And that adds to another 25,000 euros contributed for this same purpose by the City Council in 2019.

The councilor said that "these are the first budgets of the legislature, located within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the 2030 Agenda", based on the following lines of action:

1 .. Social benefits and reduction of inequalities (SDG 3 and 10).

Deepen and improve the change in the Social Services paradigm, giving priority to the training of people at risk of social exclusion through training and tax incentives in hiring for their incorporation into the world of work.

Continue with the provision of services that guarantee the well-being of our elders and dependents.

2 .. Education and gender equality (SDG 4 and 5).

Bet on public education, through the numerous existing programs, and for equal opportunities.

Provide more means for prevention and specialized care for women victims of gender violence and their children.

3 .. Sustainability and accessibility (SDG 6 and 11).

To undertake the integral renovation of the supply and sanitation networks to avoid the waste of water, the deterioration of public spaces and damage to homes.

Advance the transformation of the urban environment for greater accessibility, especially for people with reduced mobility #PRM.

4 .. Energy efficiency (SDG 7).

Reduce pollutant emissions by gradually replacing old luminaires, which also leads to economic savings.

Use clean energy in municipal facilities.

5 .. Economic growth and employment (SDG 8 and 9).

Provide the necessary conditions to the Industrial Park for the arrival of new companies, generating quality employment, especially thinking of young people.

Felipe García has highlighted, within the investment budget, "Alhama's challenge is to recover his identity and history through its historical-cultural heritage and its hot springs", indicating that "the approval of these budgets will make it possible to complete the restoration of the Castillo and continue advancing in the project of modernization of our urban center through the remodeling of the La Cubana park and the enhancement of our mineral-medicinal waters with the construction of a new spa ”.

The budget document for 2020 details all the revenue items necessary to finance the aforementioned expenses and investments.

In relation to direct taxes (IBI, vehicles, Tax on Economic Activities and Capital Gains), their collection rises by 19.98%.

A slight decrease of 0.23% is expected in the Vehicle Tax (IVTM).

The value of the Economic Activities Tax (IAE), which is taxed by companies that invoice more than 1 million euros, is increased by 21.83%.

The Capital Gains Tax (IIVTNU) only estimates the collection of urban land from which a real increase in its value has been obtained after the sale, as required by the Constitutional Court ruling of March 2017, so, after the return of five million euros to the banks in the last legislature, now only a slight decrease is expected compared to 2019.

The total budgetary increase of direct taxes (IBI, IVTM, PLUSVALIAS and IAE) is 16.63%, equivalent to 1,100,000 euros of higher expected collection.

The main indirect tax, the ICIO (Tax on Constructions, Installations and Works), falls for an amount of 56,156.11 euros, 5.11%, which adds to the decrease already made in 2019 with respect to 2018 for an amount of 269,999, 22 euros

However, due to the effect of the tax rate update, it is expected to raise about 140,000 euros more than last year.

The councilor recalled that this tax "has enabled tax bonuses of up to 60% for job creation and, especially for people at risk of social exclusion."

Regarding rates, public prices and other income, it has been budgeted starting from the previous year and taking into account the trend of past years.

Since 2019, both income and expenses related to water supply are no longer considered, as a result of the plenary agreement of October 30, 2018, whereby the Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla is the one who invoices directly to the service concession company, in the meantime the service is not remunicipalised with the constitution of the municipal public water company.

These budgets also include the full agreement of November 2019, in which a reduction of 20% in the quarterly industrial water rate was approved for about 600 subscribers, including small shops, coffee shops, bars, bakeries, livestock farms, restaurants , industries, etc.

And that will be effective throughout this year 2020.

In relation to the rates for the provision of basic public services, the most relevant data in the budget is the income increase of 8.54% in the collection of garbage, due to the increase in the number of receipts, “although these barely cover two thirds of the total cost of this service, ”said García.

Also notable is the decrease in the collection of nursery schools that, as a result of low birth rates, have been budgeted this year by 27.61% less.

Other revenues, such as traffic fines and penalties for non-compliance with municipal ordinances, have had a higher collection last year, which is reflected in these budgets with a 17% increase.

Delay interests also increase your budget by 21%.

García has indicated that "the reduction in the 30% rate of garbage will continue to be applied to all persons over 65 years of age and those under that age living alone with scarce economic resources."

This bonus will be added to others such as the IBI to large families and by direct debit of receipts, the exemption of the “stamp” to vehicles of people with disabilities, to those with more than 25 years, as well as agricultural and sanitary, among others.

Also the basic ICIO for stable job creation (40%) and promotion of the hiring of people at risk of social exclusion (60%).

Or bonuses to companies for the use of renewable energy.

In the section of current transfers, the revenues of the General State Administration that the City Council receives every year as a participation in its taxes are included.

Here, the revenue forecast is increased by about 350,000 euros (9.69%), with almost 20% of the total revenue budget.

The councilor of the Treasury has once again claimed the need for a local financing law in the face of “the need that we have the City Councils for the CARM to assume the improper powers that we are providing and financing with the municipal budget in social and educational policies, fundamentally, with Annual net expense of approximately 1.5 million euros. ”

The budget includes as patrimonial income the interests of liquid deposits, as well as the income that is expected to be received for rent of municipal goods, concessions and uses and the canon of the concession company of the water service, relative to the year 2019, which provides for a result in favor of the City Council of more than 500,000 euros.

Finally, on capital transfers, it contemplates the forecast of income relative to the subsidy for the reform of the Castle of the Ministry of Development.

The project has been modified and the contribution of the City Council will be 195,000 euros this second year and 474,000 euros from the Ministry.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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