The City Council of Soria outlines for 2021 the highest budgets in the history of the city at 57.5 million euros, without producing an increase in taxes, which implies a “consolidation” of income, and with a “reinforcement” of economic resources “destined for the citizen” with social protection as one of the most significant aspects.
The figure raised by the government team is 57,570,000 euros, higher than the 56,650,000 in 2020, 1.63 percent more than the previous year therefore, as reported by the Councilor for Finance Javier Muñoz. The draft presented to the different political groups will include some proposal of the participatory budgets and that could be carried out in full in the last days of 2020, reports Ep.
Javier Muñoz has described as “good news” that Soria has the highest budgets in its history, in which it also lends itself attention to economic reactivation, maintaining initiatives such as Soria Bonos or the agreement with Iberaval, without forgetting the generation of economic resources “through sports, culture, gastronomy and tourism”, he specified, although this last point will depend especially on the evolution of the pandemic.
On the other hand, Muñoz highlights the “consolidation of employment” with 400 direct workers and 300 indirect positions in the Town Hall, always “with quality public services.” Finally, the councilor emphasizes that these budgets must be linked to the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, so that the City Council “is prepared” to be eligible for European funds.
The Councilor for Finance has stressed the relevance of the investment chapter in the municipal budget, with 17 million, which implies “one in three euros” of the budget, all of this “Without an increase in taxes and fees”. The figure will still suffer variations due to the pending items of participatory budgets.
In the expenditure chapters, together with the 17 million investmentThe 16 million of personnel expenses or the 15 million euros of current expenses stand out, among others. Regarding investment, Muñoz stressed that it is planned to receive close to two million euros from other administrations, and the rest would be “real investment.”
Among the projects contemplated is the pedestrianization and adaptation of the vicinity of the church of El Carmen, which would give continuity to the intervention carried out in 2020 in the Palace of the Counts of Gómara and which would be financed with Edusi funds. These funds also contemplate the consolidation and reorganization of the La Arboleda area and its union with the El Castillo park and also an item for tourism, which being Edusi should be linked to the Old Town and the ‘Smart City’ project.
On the other hand, one million euros is collected for the third phase of the Duero round, which will include the construction of a bridge; 800,000 euros for an asphalt campaign; 700,000 euros for the rear of the palace of La Audiencia; 650,000 euros for the adaptation of La Juventud and San Andrés; 450,000 euros for a roundabout in the vicinity of Santo Domingo that will include improvement of sidewalks and a hydraulic intervention; 200,000 euros for a catwalk with Las Casas (and another 200,000 euros from the State); 400,000 euros for the modernization of the city’s lighting (which will be extended annually); 175,000 euros for the lighting of the wall; 200,000 euros for the rehabilitation of buildings in the Old Town; or 250,000 euros for tourist revitalization through an archaeological park in Valonsadero.
Although the “income is consolidated”, Muñoz has pointed out that the financing will use three million euros of credit, compared to 2.4 million in recent years. It is contemplated to return to the usual numbers in four years, since at this time the councilor considers that it will be necessary to address the economic crisis.
The budget calendar has an important next appointment on December 17 with the evaluation of the participatory proposals and on the 21st, at the earliest, it will be necessary to rule on the allegations presented to the IBI, so that the Plenary could be held on the 29th December 30.