Mataró (Drafting) .- The high level of indebtedness that must be borne by the Mataró City Council has forced the imposition of a 2012-2016 Sanitation Plan whose viability can only be carried out through credit operations , which in the first instance amount to 31.5 million of euros . An entrance of liquidity that the local government has achieved after renegotiating with the financial entities the debt held by the Maresme capital.
The sanitation plan approved yesterday by the municipal plenary – without political controversy included – by 17 votes in favor (CiU, PSC and IC-V), eight abstentions (PP and PxC) and the negative vote of the councilor of the CUP, comes motivated, as explained by the Councilor for Administration, Carolina Soler, for the negative budget settlement of the year 2011, which resulted in a treasury surplus of 11.5 million and the arrogation of 23.9 million of a part of the debt generated by the company municipal planning
The credit operation that yesterday approved the plenary involves a modification of the 2012 budget to assume 18.5 million of the debt of PUMSA that the company could not pay and 5.5 million to pay invoices of the plan of suppliers and of the two municipal companies . Finally, the third credit operation will cover the negative balance of 11.5 million to allow also assume a greater indebtedness, which the law does not allow with the municipal cash in negative.
The mayor of Mataró, Joan Mora (CiU) despite showing his satisfaction for having dislodged the finances with a credit interest of 3.5%, did not hesitate to warn that not everything is healthy and regretted that the state of municipal finances prevent for three years “the consistory can not make new investments without the help of external subsidies.” In the same line, the mayor warned that “everything is not finished, pending a credit operation of 7.5 million to clean up the remaining treasury.”
With the agreement of the main opposition municipal group, the PSC, the plenary debate only rose when the PP spokesman, José Manuel López, whose group abstained, demanded responsibilities from the previous executive (PSC-ERC and IC-V) whom he accused of the current financial situation, caused said “by a brutal negligence that has led us to where we are today.” Lopez recalled that his party, like CiU, warned in his day about “the bottomless well that was PUMSA” and that the credit operation will mean “the payment of 50,000 euros a month in interest.”
The PSC, which yesterday did not occur for alluded to the criticism of the PP, through the councilor MontserratLópez – the ex-mayor Joan Antoni Baron did not intervene – announced his favorable vote since the economic plan “will allow the viability of the group PUMSA” to resolve the “Cash problems”. The exconcejal of Finance stressed that the credit operations are “a test of solvency of the municipality” and as for the municipal company, betting on a new orientation that focuses on “doing business and manage their assets.”
Municipal companies or “taifa kingdoms”
While in the plenary, the councilor of the CiU avoided demanding responsibility for the sorry state of municipal finances, as she said “we must not enter into the paternity of responsibility, but to seek solutions”, the mayor, Joan Mora, in a press conference, supported the criticism of the popular council referred to the lack of control and oversight of municipal companies. “It is clear that if they had been controlled beforehand, we would not have gotten here, we can not feel responsible for that,” he said.
In other plenary talks, the representative of Plataforma per Catalunya, Mónica Lora, opened the criticism by accusing when insisting that “the previous government will be remembered as bad administrators”. The spokesman of IC-V, Esteve Martinez, based his change of vote with respect to the first plan of sanitation in which “the plan shows that adjustments can be made without cuts”. Xavier Safont-Tria, of the CUP, regretted that “there was no guarantee of good management” in local finances and that the municipal companies had acted “like kingdoms of taifas, without anyone controlling them”.