The Plenary of the City Council of Alcantarilla rejected today the allegations to the initial approval of the 2019 budgets presented by the Association for the Conservation of the Garden and Heritage of Murcia (Huermur), with the votes in favor of PP, against PSOE and the abstention of Vox.
The Councilor for Transparency, Modernization and Communication, Luis Salinas, explained that "the information that Huermur requests to be uploaded to the municipal website is in the process of being elaborated, since the budgets have not been definitively approved, and therefore it is not appropriate , according to law, its publication in the Transparency Portal until they are finally approved ".
Salinas stressed that "this is the first budget that has been approved since 2016, since so far it was working with the extension of that year, and it is a budget that seeks to consolidate budgetary stability, adjusting expenses to income , and adapting it to the real needs of the municipality ".
The councilman argued that "the budget is mostly executed because there are only two months left until the end of the year, and with this approval what we do is adjust the items to the reality of the municipality."
The budgets include more than 1.5 million euros for large investments in the municipality such as the technical studies of the southern variant, the improvement of the Huerta Museum, the rehabilitation of the Ferris Wheel, the Aqueduct and the creation of a large leisure space in its environment, and the remodeling of squares, parks and gardens, "so that we do not understand Huermur's allegations, unless political or other purposes are pursued," said Salinas.
The councilor stressed that "Huermur can not challenge any budget since it is not a political group of this City Council, and what he has done is to present an allegation as any citizen could have done. If what they want to do is challenge it, they must stand for elections and get the support of the neighbors. "
Around 20 percent of the budget is intended for capital amortization and interest payments, following the line of debt reduction that has been applied since August 2016 with the return of the payment plan to suppliers that, nationwide, It was made available to all local administrations in 2012 so that its suppliers could charge without delay.
While about 39 percent of the total budget, more than 11.5 million, is mainly used to update personnel expenses, which includes the salary improvements applied to workers approved in the General State Budget (PGE).
The City Council is already working on the preparation of next year's budgets, in order to enter into force on January 1.
Huermur's claim has been the only one presented, so that once debated in plenary, the 2019 Budget is approved definitively.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla