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The City Council will launch a budget after abandoning the expenditure structure inherited from the previous government team and creating a new one from scratch (25/09/2018)

This Wednesday, September 26, will vote on the new municipal budget for the year 2018, in which the Department of Finance has been working for more than a year after discarding the expense structure of the previous government team and opting for the preparation of a decentralized and zero-based budget, with the aim of being able to carry the necessary accounting and analytical control of the municipal treasury.

The preparation of the new budget document, which entails the creation of 57 new spending programs, and the provision of 500 new expenditure items - disaggregated by the different organizational and management units - has been being prepared for more than a year, starting in July 2017, when the City Council implemented a plan of accounting regularization, advancing these changes to the circuit of invoices, which has meant the reduction of the average period of payment to suppliers from the 90 days to the 15 current ones.

In July of 2017, in coordination with the new municipal intervention, the Department of the Treasury decided to put in a drawer the budget project for the previous year and start preparing a new budget document, execution bases, etc.

to replace the previous scheme, in order to comply with public accounting instructions and improve the control of public accounts in a definitive manner.

Four Finance and Budget Information Commissions have been held since last June to discuss and analyze the draft budgets, which will be put to the vote in the Extraordinary and Special Plenary Meeting convened for this purpose this Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Regarding the distribution in the different areas of spending, Lopez highlighted "the social commitment of the budget", with an increase in the amounts earmarked for social emergency aid in 75,000 euros (+ 37.5%), to which is added a Plan to promote the rental for young people (€ 60,000) with the aim of "fighting the bubble that affects this market".

In addition, "is committed to equality policies", with a specific endowment in the fight against gender violence (€ 44,000) and equality, conciliation and support for diversity of more than € 340,000.

"This is the first time that specific spending programs have been created in this area, which represents a very important qualitative and quantitative leap," said Lpez,

The subsidy amounts that the City Council grants to the Prometeo associations (+ € 85,500) and Aidemar (+ € 29,000) also increase.

Torre Pacheco will reach 6.5% of social spending in its budget in 2018, which means € 62 / inhabitant, above the national average (€ 60.02).

The subsidies for music bands (from € 60,000 to € 90,000), the Lo Ferro Flamenco Festival (from € 53,100 to € 100,000) -which next year celebrates its 40th anniversary-, and subsidies to sports groups, also increase that this year will be € 540,000 (twice as much as in previous years) for, according to the Councilman, "finally order the gap they had accumulated for more than 10 years and adjust their concession and payment to the current exercise, and not the expired, as it is currently done. "

To favor territorial cohesion, population criteria are also taken into account for the distribution of funds between the different districts, which represent 45% of the Pachequera population.

As a result of this adjustment, the expenses in festivities increase in Roldn (+ 4,500 €), Balsicas (+ 6,900 €), San Cayetano (+ 1,800 €) and Dolores de Pacheco (+ 1,900 €), ending with the "discrimination between districts" "

Regarding investments, according to Lopez, "the City Council does not bet on big pharaonic works but for actions demanded by neighbors and collectives".

Thus, the first phase of the Torre Pacheco Athletics Track (€ 200,000), the construction of the Balsicas Day Center (€ 150,000) -paralyzed by the previous government team-, and the rehabilitation of the Roldn Civic Center will be addressed. (€ 60,000), whose tenders are scheduled for the coming months.

This sum is joined by 2.1 million euros in financially sustainable investments that the House approved last July, thanks to the surplus of more than 7.5 million euros achieved in 2017. Of the total, 900,000 euros will be used for resurfacing of the streets of districts and districts in worse state, and 1.2 million to the rehabilitation of squares, parks and open spaces very demanded by the neighbors.

"The neighbors have made a great effort during these years to reverse the situation created by the waste and waste of the previous government team."

Lopez pointed out that the financial debt will end in 2018 at 9.9 million euros, that is, 20 million euros less than in 2015, when they took the reins of the municipal government.

The disappearance in addition to the commercial and short-term debt, which in 2015 reached 11 million euros, will mean that the City will go from a total debt of 41.58 million euros in November 2015 to 9.91 to 31 December 2018.

In 2015, "each pachequero owed € 1,183 to the banks, and by the end of 2018, this balance will have been reduced by 76%, remaining at € 281," said Lpez, who highlighted "the effort that all the Councils have made in reduce superfluous and unnecessary expenses, as well as the savings produced by the increase in public tender, before almost non-existent - more than 90 tenders in two years - and the reduction of political spending on salaries and trustworthy personnel, which has saved us more of 350,000 euros every year. "

"This budget project that is submitted to the approval of the Plenary is to lay the foundations of the Pacheco Tower of the future," said Lopez, who has invited opposition groups to "join the support of these accounts, from the consensus and Respect for the different political sensitivities of each one, because the change in the budget model and the implementation of this new system is a very drastic renovation solution that the municipality needed ".

Source: Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco

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