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The Plenary Assembly approves the draft budget for 2021 that guarantees the continuity of the projects started this year (17/11/2020)

| The Alcantarilla City Council has 29.4 million euros, which are used for investments and increasing social emergency aid | Seven percent goes to debt reduction, which since 2015 has fallen by almost half, from 51.1 million in 2015 to 28.1 million in 2020The Plenary of the City Council of Alcantarilla approved today, with the votes in favor of the Popular Party and with the votes against the Socialist Party, Citizens and Vox, the budget project for 2021, with a total amount of 29.4 million euros ( 29,473,889), which guarantees the maintenance of the services offered by the City Council and the continuity of projects and investments started in 2020.The mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, highlighted that “with this budget we make the most of the resources to reinforce public services, face the crisis caused by Covid-19, meet social demands and maintain the policy of budgetary balance, to despite the fact that we have had to prepare them in a scenario of uncertainty due to the absence of the General State Budget Law for 2021, which means that there is a lack of real information on settlements ”.In the investment chapter, the improvement of the facilities of the educational centers stands out, with 60,000 euros to provide them with shade, 45,000 euros to continue with the improvement of the pavement in the streets and 130,000 euros for the infrastructure of the municipal cemetery.In addition, in line with the actions started in 2020, 40,000 euros are allocated to continue with the improvement of the accessibility of the municipality and the space occupied by the Department of Social Services in the San Pedro food market will be adapted as a study room.Likewise, large municipal projects continue, such as the completion of the Aqueduct Park facilities, with a 70,000-euro item for the adaptation of the Roman archaeological site.Also noteworthy is the new tender for the public service of street cleaning and maintenance of parks and gardens, which increases its allocation by one million euros compared to 2020.More social emergency aidIn the social sphere, the amount allocated to social emergency aid increases, which amounts to 200,000 euros, 75,000 more than in 2020 and which materializes in more aid through the Department of Social Welfare so that the neediest families can face the payment of basic supplies such as electricity, water, housing rent, food or pharmacy expenses, among others.In the sports field, the line of improvement of municipal sports facilities is maintained, such as the rehabilitation of the athletics track of the Manuel Ruiz stadium, to which 600,000 euros are allocated, which are part of the income, as a result of the established patrimonial responsibility .Improvements are also contemplated in the Ángel Sornichero football stadium, with the reform of the changing rooms, and remodeling of the facilities of the Ramón Mayor Mayor petanque courts.Regarding 2020, subsidies to sports associations, clubs and entities of the municipality are maintained, in order to support grassroots sports and teams that attend official competitions.Environmental ProtectionThe protection of the environment also receives a budget increase, with 40,000 euros in total, almost double than in 2020, to launch the technical studies and projects necessary to qualify for new European aid.The City Council continues to work on improving air quality, the fight against climate change and the reduction of polluting emissions, through the promotion of sustainable mobility and information and social awareness campaigns.Support to the business fabricThe maintenance of commerce and business activity in Alcantarilla is one of the priorities for the municipality, due to the economic activity it generates and its contribution to the creation of employment and wealth.

The budget for 2021 maintains the item of 46,000 euros for the promotion of business and commercial activity.In the area of ??Culture and Education, the first Theater Festival of the municipality will be launched, the initiatives to promote urban art that have been undertaken throughout this year will continue, and the first comic fair will be held.

and the video game of Alcantarilla.In the area of ??new technologies, the line started in 2020 to promote electronic administration continues, to expand the catalog of procedures that citizens can carry out from home, through the electronic headquarters.

In addition, an item of 18,000 euros is allocated to the maintenance of the fiber optic network of the municipality.Debt reductionIn 2021, the City Council's budget will be higher than the debt that, as of December 31, will be 28.1 million euros, almost half that in 2015, which amounted to 51.1 million ..

More than seven percent of the budget is destined to debt reduction, with two million euros destined to the amortization of capital and the payment of interest.In addition, the accounts for 2021 include 106,000 euros destined to face the salary increase for public employees set by the State, to be applied immediately, once the General State Budgets come into force.The Councilor for Finance and Human Resources, Raquel de la Paz, explained that "the City Council continues to fulfill its commitments, adjusting expenses to income and increasing the amounts destined for the people who need it most." 

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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