Alcoy businessmen have expressed their opposition to the new sewer rate approved last Friday by the municipal plenary session. The Business Federation of the Comarcas de l’Alcoià and El Comtat (FEDAC) has described it as inadequate, because it is a service that “is included in the payment of the IBI”, and untimely, as it arises in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
The government team brought to the last municipal plenary session modifications of Fiscal Ordinances and Taxes, among which the creation of the sewerage tax stood out, with which thehe City Council plans to raise about 400,000 euros to improve the sanitation network. The PSOE counted, as this newspaper reported, only with the support of Podem.
The new rate, it should be remembered, it will range between 10 euros for domestic use and 100 for industrial use.
The planned improvements in the sewerage network amount to 600,000 euros, an amount that is already contemplated in the 2021 budgets and that will especially benefit the Batoy neighborhood, where the planned investment is around 300,000 euros, which represents 50% of the global investment in the city.
The municipal group of Podem negotiated with the government team the comprehensive improvement of the Batoy sewer network, and this was one of the reasons that led them to support the modifications presented.
However, FEDAC has now outright rejected the City Council’s intention to apply the rate next year. The business entity considers the measure “inappropriate”, since it understands that it is a public service that it is included in the annual payment of the IBI both in the case of companies and individuals.
But they also assure that this “increase” in taxes is “untimely” at the moment in which it arises. And it is that from FEDAC they remember that it is “a hard time of economic crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic that is causing many economic difficulties for society in general.
North access roundabout
Faced with such a complicated situation, businessmen have once again expressed their concern about the roundabout that provides access to the north of the city, which would connect with the Cotes Baixes industrial estate.
The project is at a standstill, and although they have recently demanded the City Council to accelerate its construction, they are now proposing to the local administration that while working on the issue they study the possibility of installing a provisional roundabout right at that point. From FEDAC they are aware that it is about «An unaesthetic solution», but they have insisted that it would be “very functional”, as it happened in the southern access of the municipality.
The entity has also proposed changes in the regulation of traffic lights on Valencia Street to the Alcoy Town Hall, from the place where the future roundabout has to go to Espejo Street, since the current programming “causes cars and trucks to choose to access Alcoy by Tirant Lo Blanc “and cause” congestion and even major collapses of traffic that accumulates up to the entrance of the city. ”
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