The Mayor of Totana, José Martínez Andreo, has publicly joined the bet of the mayors and chairpersons of Provincial People's Party, met yesterday at the Congress of Deputies, for the survival of local governments joined calls made to solve the problems of local financing.
About 200 mayors and council presidents of PP met yesterday in the House of Representatives to require the Government of Zapatero processed by June the new law on local funding to end the economic strangulation suffered by municipalities, and that been claiming for several years.
Councilman totanero explained that the Spanish municipalities are now facing the worst situation of the history of democracy and has indicated that the economic crisis and the need to give local authorities an adequate and stable funding have compounded the problem to the point of placing them on the brink of collapse.
Martínez Andreo recalled that this request is sensational and has been the keynote of the PP for the entire term in a situation which he described as "extreme" for what he has advocated for measures that are required must also be "extraordinary."
He reiterated that for municipalities to continue to provide basic and essential services and avoid the collapse of the local administration, mayors urge the Government a supplementary fund of local funding and to rescind the increase in VAT rates scheduled for July.
The mayor has said that the VAT hike planned by the Zapatero government will be a further brake on economic and financial situation of municipalities and has been estimated at 14 million euros per year which will pay the municipalities of the Region of Murcia this concept throughout 2010.
Furthermore, he assured that the VAT increase will be another decline more to the municipal coffers, and asphyxiated by the lack of commitment of the Government of Zapatero with the municipalities, and has stated that he not only conforms to reduce local funding, but now gives a new twist and increase the VAT.
So, has accused the government of Zapatero to reduce state revenues to the municipalities in Murcia and has indicated that from 2009 to 2010 the state has cut by 25% the funds allocated to the municipalities, which means about 6,000 million least for the consistory in crisis.
In 2009 the state government transferred 417,000 euros each month in taxes each of the totaneros, however, and in the first month of 2010 has recorded a drop of 11 percent, 347,000 euros, 43,000 euros less Each month the City Council fails to receive the money that it deserves.
Also, the mayor totanero considered "essential" that the National Government should defer to 2012 the payment of the amounts for the debit balances of local corporations from participating in state revenues, which have fallen sharply this year .
The adoption of a new Law on Local Finance and a Basic Law of Government and Local Government are essential issues to ensure the future of local governments, she added.
In this sense, Martínez Andreo recalled that the Prime Minister in his inaugural address, pledged to address the creation of a stable funding framework for local government, why has claimed that "meets once their commitments. "
Totana Mayor noted that "municipalities have a problem, but we are not the problem.
On the contrary, we are part of the solution, if we consider the weight of local government in supporting economic activity in the municipalities and job creation, "he concluded.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana. Foto: PP Región de Murcia