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IU-Greens abstains in the vote on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (26/04/2018)

The budget approved by the Municipal Government for the year 2018 in the income section amounts to € 21,857,809 and the final expenditure to € 21,857,787.

It is, therefore, a level budget, which complies with the Budget Stability Objective of 1.35 million euros, with a positive Net Saving, since Current Revenues exceed Current Expenditures at € 359,608.65.

However, it does not comply with the Objective of the Expenditure Rule, at 1.33 million euros, over the limits set by the Rajoy Government, which establishes the ceiling for spending on an increase of 2.4% of GDP, over the previous one fiscal year 2017, circumstance that could motivate the preparation of an Economic Financial Plan, despite the fact that our City Council has all its amortized financial debt, surplus in the results of previous years and an important buffer of treasury.

This is an incomprehensible situation for IU-Greens, which impose the "Montoro Laws" on the City Councils, on which we have often expressed our disagreements, since they restrict municipal autonomy, diminish the capacity of the Local Administration and propitiate the outsourcing and privatization of public services.

The Budget is marked by the limit in the increase of the expense by 2.4%, the increase in the salaries of Personnel, the amortization of squares of the staff, promotion of the workers of the lowest groups and a significant fall of income motivated by judgments on the liquidation of capital gains.

The agreements with the Personnel Board entail, among other issues, the repayment of 14 places for an amount of more than € 280,000, restitution of the Pension Plan in the next 3 years, increases in productivity by € 12,965.93, increase in the game for reinforcement of the Police in € 14,568.00, internal promotion of workers from the AP Group to Group C2, € 40,000, the specific and destination add-ons review of 21 positions that represent more than € 45,000 and 10 new places an amount of € 264,238.

In summary a total of € 286,259 more.

The investments included in the Budget for 2018 amount to € 421,798, in which the amount of the implementation of the Organic Collection Service exceeding € 100,000, the lighting of the castle with € 30,000, Equipment Colleges with € 20,000 or more 50,000 related to participatory budgets.

On the other hand, there are a series of investment items not included in the 2018 Budget items, for more than 7 million euros charged to the incorporation of the Treasury Remainder for 2017 General Expenses, Public Land Assets or Subsidiary Executions.

That they are destined to the reform of the track of athletics (550.000 €), the remodeling of the House of the Culture (€ 250,000) or the repair of the Adolfo Suarez pavilion (€ 116,016), paving of the Parricas Street for more than 400.00 €, energy efficiency projects for € 300,000, or action on the access road to Praico for more than 1 million euros, while there are still € 1,777,662 to be executed under agreements with the banking entities of infrastructure in the County of Alhama.

Schematically in the 2018 Budget, revenues come in 42.7% of direct taxes (IBI, Vehicles and Capital Gains), 6.27% of indirect taxes (ICIO) and 25.6% of public rates and prices.

Together these three chapters translates into a total 74.6% of the budget.

While 24.8% corresponds to transfers from other administrations for current expenses, which are allocated to powers delegated mainly in Social Services and the remaining 0.14 are transfers for investments and 0.4 for patrimonial income.

Regarding the distribution of the Expenditure, 33.6% corresponds to personnel and 59.4% to goods and services.

Which means a total of 93% of the budget allocated to operating expenses (20.3 million of the total 21.8), 5% in transfer to groups, associations and sports clubs and only 2% for investments.

The overall figure for the forecast of revenues with respect to 2017 increases by 187,971 €, 0.86%, from 21.6 million to 21.8 million.

Of which, in round numbers, 16.3 million come directly from our City Council, 4.2 million from the State and 1.3 from the Autonomous Community.

These figures keep us in the vicinity of 21 million euros, in which the municipal budgets have been moving in the last 5 years.

Of a budget of € 21,857,810, 99% are current income, of which 16.3 million (74.6%) are directly contributed by Alhameos through taxes, fees and municipal public prices, through chapters I, II and III of current income.

The remaining 24.8% corresponds fundamentally to the 4.1 million (19%) of transfers in the participation in the taxes of the State, and the Autonomous Community with 1.2 million hardly contributes 5.8%, mainly for benefits basic social services, day centers and police.

Expenditures in this 2018 budget amount to a total of € 21,857,787.

In the same, personnel items are increased by 5 points over 2017, standing at 33.6% of the total, and those for services in 1 point with almost 60% of the total, between them add 93% of the budget .

With € 426,799 (2%) for Inversiones Reales.

For subsidies to associations, sports clubs and other entities in the locality, 790,088 € are budgeted, which means 3.7% more.

The Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 hardly contains any news.

This is a budget strongly conditioned by the application of the Law of Budgetary Stability and Financial Sustainability and the Law of Regime and Sustainability of the Local Administration, with a sharp fall in income in Capital Gains derived from the judgments on capital gains of the transmission of lands of the macrourbanizaciones, that hardly contains increases of transfers of other administrations that compensate these reductions.

On the other hand, according to the approval of the latest fiscal ordinances, the levels of fiscal pressure, rates and public prices are maintained, since they have not undergone significant modifications.

With regard to spending, the assumption of salary increases and commitments with the Personnel Board derived from the amortization of posts, the maintenance of service provision, the commitments with associations and groups, and the investment levels of the last budgets.

Our Group is concerned about the slow development in the execution of the items approved in the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project and the stagnation in the elaboration of a new project in accordance with the commitments acquired in the Motion that IU-Vedes presented in November 2015. We believe that progress must be made in this regard and that, for this, citizen involvement in economic and budgetary decision-making is necessary.

In addition, the development of the agreements must be clearly perceived, otherwise, we only contribute to the demotivation of citizens in participation in public life.

Source: IU-verdes Alhama

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