The audit of the garbage collection service faces the government and the opposition in the Alcoy City Council. While the Popular Party denounces “Uncontrolled payment” of more than 154,000 euros to the winning company, the local government announces that the firm It has already entered 33,000 euros in penalties for breaching the contract.
In the last session of the municipal plenary session held in the city the payment corresponding to 4% of the billing has been approved This depends on external audits that determine whether the concessionaire of the waste collection service, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, meets the objectives or not. A decision that, according to the PP, has been carried out without “this control system having been contracted by the City Council more than two years after the launch of the new contract, awarded in 2018 at a rate of 4.2 million euros per year ».
The popular voted against, because according to their spokesperson, Quique Ruiz, “We cannot support payments that are subject to a control that has not been produced by the City Council.” The councilor, likewise, assures that he does not question the work of the company but “the lack of control of the local government of the PSOE.”
In this sense, Ruiz recalls that “the control system was one of the main novelties of the new contract and one of the requirements demanded by the Popular Party for its award”.
From the local executive, however, they assure that this external audit service is about to be hired to supervise the fulfillment of objectives by the company awarded the collection of waste and street cleaning, as well as announcing that lThe firm has just entered 33,000 euros in penalties for breach of contract. In fact, they insist on criticism from the main opposition group, the last fine was imposed at the end of 2019.
Now, the popular ones are based on the fact that the technicians’ report highlights that “for reasons attributable to the City Council and not to the company providing the waste collection and street cleaning service, no audit control was carried out during the first and third quarters and a quarter”.
On the other hand, the last external audit to which the Alcoy consistory submitted to the signature corresponds, according to the popular ones, to the second quarter of 2019. In this sense, they also disclose that “The bidding process started in May 2020 and is yet to be resolved”, so “we regret that the control system has not been applied during two of the four years of the contract.”
While from the local government they state that the firm has entered 33,000 euros into the municipal coffers for the sanctions and that this money “will come in handy for the extraordinary needs that arise from the covid health crisis”, the popular Quique Ruiz assures that “the only The audit carried out to date resulted in a penalty of 493.22 euros ”, as well as insisting that“ we do not question whether or not the company is complying with the contract. We question that the City Council does not know it because it still does not have control instruments». The consequence, says the mayor, “is that you pay blindly two years after having awarded the contract.”
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