The municipal budget of the Benidorm City Council for the year 2021 will contemplate 6 million euros for aid for families and the business community, which will be added to other non-monetary aid. This has been advanced by the mayor, Toni Pérez, during the balance of the year that is ending and the forecasts for the year that begins. An “expansive budget in which we will continue to deepen the social and the city, and within it in our tourism industry”, highlighted the first mayor. In this way, in Chapter 4, 6 million euros will be reserved for aid to families and the productive fabric against the economic and social effects derived from the pandemic, which will be added to the 5.8 million already mobilized this year. However, and as already announced last November, the items for this type of aid will be declared expandable and, therefore, may be increased throughout the year.
In this regard, he stressed that “the people of Benidorma are not alone since the City Council will continue to act in everything it has capacity and much beyond.” For example “increasing social spending items to help all the people who are being neglected by the Public Administrations that are competent in this area.” At this point, he recalled that “there are many people who have not yet received the ERTE, who are waiting for aid to self-employed from the Generalitat or who still have no answer on the Minimum Vital Income of the Government of Spain.”
The investment chapter of the 2021 budget will be around 23 million euros, of which more than 15 million correspond to “100% municipal” resources. The bulk of this investment will go to the start of projects of the Sustainable and Integrative Urban Development Strategy and the Tourism Sustainability Plans, two programs to be executed within a maximum period of 3 years and which have European funding. At this point, the mayor has clarified that “either we make the investment for the works and projects contemplated in these programs or we will lose the European funds that have been so difficult to obtain and for which so much has been worked.” Resources that will contribute to the development of Benidorm “as a city and as a tourist destination”. Pérez has also announced that “the participatory budget reaches a new investment record with 750,000 euros.
For their part, PSOE and Ciudadanos have announced the presentation of a complaint to the Síndic de Greuges for the partisan use that the Popular Party makes in the public delivery to needy families of the Benidorm Card wallet cards with 200 euros for consumption in establishments in the city . The spokesmen for both formations, Rubén Martínez and Juan Balastegui, have denounced this, after verifying the long queues that are being generated from the first hour to access said cards, which are delivered by positions of trust of the PP with supervision of practically all of the local government councilors. A circumstance that, according to both of them, “is a totally irregular procedure from the point of view of the Community Data Protection regulation, to deliver the cards.” That is why they have declared that “it is a sad day because this is not doing politics, but electoralism, in a situation so delicate that it puts people’s health at risk and generates hunger queues.” However, the spokesperson for the popular government team, Lourdes Caselles, has criticized the attitude of the PSOE and Ciudadanos “when making a tortuous assessment of direct aid and a quick and effective method of delivering it. Unfortunately, the people in these queues have not been able to do any to receive the aid promised in May by the Government and the Generalitat Valenciana ”, concludes Caselles.
Average debt per inhabitant drops from 1,138 to 252 euros
In the last five years, the debt per inhabitant derived from the management of the Benidorm City Council has been reduced, according to the data published by the Ministry of Finance, from 1,138 euros per registered in mid-2015 to 252 euros as of December 31 2019. However, municipal revenues have fallen by over 5%. Something that is due to the reduction in taxes and fees together with the collection that the municipal coffers are going to stop entering as a result of the economic crisis derived from the coronavirus pandemic.
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