The 3.4 million investment includes the Plan Edificant and the Diputación’s works plans with the sports pavilion and water improvement projects
The councillor for finance, Adrián Ballester, has assured that it is a “realistic and rigorous budget that takes into account the council’s real income”
Redován 25/06/2021. The Redován Town Council will approve the General Budget 2021 in the plenary session on Wednesday 30 June, an “atypical” document, as the mayoress, Nely Ruiz, has described it, and which amounts to 8.9 million euros, a historic figure for the municipality of Redovan, which will reach the highest investment figure in the history of the municipality. The councillor explained that the budget aims to respond “to the health emergency crisis which has led to an economic and social crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic”. To this end, an effort has been made to increase subsidies by 14.17% compared to last year, taxes have been frozen and bonuses for social groups have been maintained. On the other hand Ruiz has indicated that the budget increase in income is also due to the fact that the Town Hall has received the pending subsidies for expenses caused by the DANA of 2019, as well as the works planned by the Generalitat Valenciana within the Plan Edificant and by the Diputación Provincial de Alicante through the Plan de Obras and Plan +Cerca, which allows the payment of current expenditure. In this way, the investment in the budget amounts to 3.4 million euros and includes important works projects for Redován, such as the high school, the sports pavilion or water improvement works. In addition, “among the works to be carried out in 2021 is the improvement of the water infrastructure in the Barrio María Ros to prevent flooding, which will be put out to tender directly by the provincial council,” added the councillor. The councillor for Finance, Adrián Ballester, has been in charge of breaking down the 2021 General Budget of the Redován Town Council. Ballester has assured that “the real income and expenditure of the Town Hall have been taken into account, therefore, it is a realistic and rigorous budget, and in no way a deficit”. In fact, it is proposed that once the budget has been implemented, the result will be a positive budget execution, with a surplus and a positive cash surplus. The head of the municipal Treasury has indicated that, apart from the Resist Plan aid already announced for professionals and SMEs in the municipality, another call for subsidies will be opened to help the professional sectors hardest hit by the economic crisis. In terms of income, the initial budget is 8,933,027.96 euros, 44.75% more than in 2020. By chapters, an increase of 7.24% in indirect tax revenue is expected. This is the income from IBI, vehicle taxes, capital gains and the Tax on Economic Activities (IAE), which remain frozen for another year and if they increase it is due to the incorporation of new properties in the IBI register, as well as the increase in the number of businesses that pay the IAE in Redován, thanks to the growth of companies that are committed to locating in the San Carlos de Redován industrial estate. Income from the ICIO (Tax on Constructions, Installations and Works) also increased by 1.68% based on the number of requests for licences made this year. Pensioners, large families, the unemployed, the disabled and young people will also receive discounts for social groups this year. Adrián Ballester recalled that “for more than eight years now, the CPI has not been taken into account in the rates for the provision of public services, so the Town Hall assumes the financing of the same and this affects public spending as a whole”. Expenditure is expected to be 8,745,925.52 euros, 41.72% more than last year’s initial budget. By chapters, personnel costs are up due to the increase in public employee salaries and the creation of new posts to increase efficiency in administrative management (a post in intervention, treasury and a general administration technician) and current expenses are also up, mainly due to the new waste collection contract that will improve the service by adapting it to the current needs of the municipality, which also involves a higher cost. “The economic crisis that has resulted from the Coronavirus health crisis has led us to make an effort to attend to the people of our town who need it, and therefore within the expenses, there is a considerable increase in subsidies, a chapter that goes from 601,635.83 euros in 2020 to 686,891.39 euros in 2021,” said the councillor of Finance.
- The plenary endorses the procedure for the drafting of the project for a work valued at 300,000 euros to be carried out jointly with the Provincial Council.
The Plenary of the Redován Town Council, meeting in Extraordinary Session, has given the green light to the credit modification of the municipal budget which allows the government team to have 9,000 euros which will be used to pay for the drafting of the project for the storm water collector in the María Ros neighbourhood. “A procedure that this government team considered very necessary to start developing the project as soon as possible,” said the councillor for Urban Planning, José Nájar, “as this infrastructure will minimise the flooding problems suffered by this area of the municipality, one of the most affected during the DANA of 2019”.
The collector will be installed at the lowest point of the municipality, from where the accumulated water will be evacuated towards the other collector in the town. The project will be based on the assessment report that the Consistory has previously carried out and which estimates the total value of the work at around 300,000 euros. “We have to remember that it is in these streets where the most complicated moments of those days in September 2019 took place, with the rainwater reaching the height of the windows, and where neighbours had to be rescued with tractors and heavy machinery,” recalled the mayoress of Redován, Nely Ruiz.
The project will also include the resurfacing of the area, and once completed, will be submitted to the Provincial Council of Alicante for assessment and implementation. The vice-president and deputy for Water Cycle of the provincial body, Ana Serna, visited the municipality last November and held a meeting with the mayoress on this matter. At that meeting, which was attended by technicians from both institutions, an inspection of the area was carried out to ascertain its current state and the alternatives for action.
The mayor thanked the provincial institution for “the total support it has shown from the outset to provide the municipality with anti-flood infrastructures in the event of torrential rains, which are so common in our area”. Ruiz also indicated that “the intention of this government team is to try to start work on the collector as soon as possible, with the aim of definitively solving this serious problem for the citizens of Redován”.
- El municipio contará con 166.407 euros para subvencionar las actividades que se han visto más golpeados por la pandemia
The mayoress of Redován, Nely Ruiz, announced this morning the signing of the decree of adhesion of the Consistory redovanense to the aid plan ‘Resist’ of the Generalitat Valenciana, aimed at companies and self-employed in the sectors most affected by the health crisis of Covid-19. Through this plan, financed with 160 million euros jointly by the regional administration, provincial councils and town councils in 62.5%, 22.5% and 15%, respectively, “we can help our business fabric for those sectors that have been hardest hit by this pandemic situation, thanks to the 166,407 euros that we will have,” said the mayoress.
In this way, and as explained by the Councillor for Trade, Maite Martínez, “up to 2,000 euros per self-employed person or micro-enterprises with a maximum of 10 workers in the sectors to which the aid is directed, in addition to 200 euros per person affiliated to the Social Security as of 31 December 2020 in these micro-enterprises and self-employed persons”. The councillor added that “the municipal technicians are already working on the drafting of the rules and requirements for this aid, which will be published soon so that all entrepreneurs and self-employed workers in Redován can apply for them as soon as possible”.
“This is a measure to alleviate as much as possible the situation that small traders and self-employed entrepreneurs have been experiencing since the beginning of the health crisis,” said Nely Ruiz. The mayoress has valued very positively the cooperation of the various administrations, adding that “as a government team we have worked and will work to help as much as we can to shops and businesses in Redován, always with the aim of preventing the deterioration of our business fabric and to protect employment in the municipality”. Thus, he recalled the suspension of the terrace tax for this year 2021 that will be approved in plenary session this week.
Companies and workers in the following sectors will be able to benefit from this aid, based on the decree of the Generalitat: retail trade of food products, beverages and tobacco in stalls and street markets; retail trade of textile products, clothing and footwear in stalls and street markets; retail trade of other products in stalls and street markets; hotels and accommodation; tourist and other accommodation; campsites and caravan parks; other accommodation; restaurants and food stalls; provision of meals prepared for events; other food services; beverage establishments; cinema exhibition activities; travel agency activities; tour operator activities; other reservation services; organisation of conventions and trade fairs; performing arts; activities auxiliary to performing arts; artistic and literary creation; management of theatres; museum activities; management of historical sites and buildings; management of sports facilities; sports club activities; gymnasium activities; other sports activities; amusement park activities and other recreational and amusement activities.
- The City Council will take this measure to the Plenary Session on 4 February to help hotel and restaurant owners in the face of the economic effects of Covid-19.
The Redován Town Council has announced the suspension of the payment of terrace installation fees for bars, restaurants and cafes in the municipality for the coming year 2021, which will be approved in the Municipal Plenary on 4 February. This measure was already adopted by the Council of Redovan last May and is now being extended to help, as far as possible, entrepreneurs in the sector. The councillor for the Treasury, Adrián Ballester, recalled that the hotel and catering industry has been severely affected throughout the year due to the pandemic, but that, “with the entry into force of the latest measures decreed by the Generalitat Valenciana, it is going to be even more affected, having to close its establishments”.
The suspension of the tax will come into force once the Plenary has provisionally approved it. It will come into effect from mid-March, and the owners of the premises will only have to pay the tax for the days they have set up a terrace from 1 January until that date, “without having to pay for the time during which the Generalitat has decreed the closure, and without having to pay anything else for the rest of the year 2021”, explained the councillor.
Last Wednesday saw the entry into force of new restrictions adopted by the Generalitat to curb the third wave of COVID-19 in the Valencian Community. These measures include the closure of hotel and catering establishments, except for those establishments that can offer take-away or pick-up service on the premises. These measures are completed with the closure at 18:00 hours of commercial premises and surfaces, except for those establishments dedicated to the essential commercial activity of food, hygiene, pharmacies, orthopaedics, opticians, hairdressers and sale of pet food.
“As a government team, we are obliged to support our shopkeepers and hotel and restaurant owners in everything we can, and after the last year, any help for this sector is not enough,” said Ballester. In this way, “from the Town Hall we continue working and considering proposals to be able to help them and make this situation as bearable as possible”, he added.
For its part, the municipal head of Trade and Markets, Maite Martinez, also stressed the importance of supporting local trade “as much as we can”, encouraging residents to consume, whenever possible, in shops and businesses in Redován. To do this, and as she has indicated, “it is necessary to comply with the indications and check in advance if the establishment offers a home delivery service to avoid crowds and the accumulation of people, try to be proactive and make purchases before 18:00 hours, and always complying with all health safety measures”.
- The amounts subsidised range from 100 to 2,000 euros for around thirty companies, with the help of the Diputación de Alicante
Redovan City Council, through the departments of Finance, Legal Services and Employment, has made effective the payment of emergency aid for SMEs and self-employed to twenty-eight companies, shops and self-employed in the municipality, which in recent months have been affected in their economic activity by the consequences of the health crisis produced by the Covid-19. The total amount of this aid is ?39 127 and has been granted directly thanks to a subsidy from the Diputación de Alicante.
These grants are in addition to the various subsidies received to promote recruitment in the municipality, as indicated by Maite Martinez, head of the area of Employment of the Consistory Reddovanense, “since our purpose as a government team is to help in any way we can to anyone who needs it. Martinez recently announced the hiring of two concierges through the ECOVID program call for people over 30 years who are unemployed as a result of the situation arising from the Covid-19. The mayor of Employment also said that “we will continue to apply for all those grants to which we can adhere,” adding that “we are already working towards next year to continue helping the most vulnerable groups in the municipality.
“The health crisis caused by the Covid-19 has affected all areas of society, making it also our economic engine as a municipality, businesses and traders,” said Adrian Ballester, councillor of Finance. In this way, “one of our priorities as a Town Hall in this situation has also been to protect, preserve and support these pillars of our productive and social fabric”, he added. Likewise, the Councillor for Legal Services, José Nájar, stated that “the objective has always been to minimise the impact as much as possible and to ensure that, once the health alarm is over, economic activity in the town is boosted as soon as possible”.
- -The money from the local festivities will go to help people affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, with more than 120.000 euros in social aid.
- -The initial budget for this year reaches the total figure of 6.171,.209,77 euros, exceeding the initial 2019 budget by 22.20%
- -The government team allocates almost 100.000 euros in a plan to revive local trade and aids to merchants, self-employed, entrepreneurs, micro-SMEs and liberal professionals
- -The municipal government requests the Ministry of Finance to allow refinancing of the municipal debt, open the management fund and allow the municipalities to use the remaining budget.
The Mayor of Redován, Nely Ruiz, accompanied by the Councilor for Finance, Adrián Ballester, presented this morning in the plenary hall of the City Council the municipal budgets for the year 2020, which amounts to a total of 6.171.209,77 euros, and will be voted on the local plenary next Monday, June 8. The municipal accounts exceed the initial budget planned for 2019 by more than 22%, making them one of the most social in recent years, since “they are a social response by this City Council for the needs of our neighbors who they have been affected by recent events such as the DANA in last September or the ‘Covid-19’ health crisis,” said the mayor.
Social aid to affected people
For this reason, of the 601.635 euros in the subsidy expenses section, the Consulate in Redován has planned to allocate more than 120.000 euros in social aid to people affected by COVID-19. Among them, will be destined to social emergency aid, IBI or to buy school supplies.
In addition, the budget includes almost 100.000 euros in aid for people with an economic activity who has been reduced by at least 50% or have had to temporarily close. In this sense, more than eighty-nine thousand euros are allocated in aid for merchants, the self-employed and SMEs; in addition to 4.000 euros in aid to entrepreneurs in Redován and 6.000 euros for a plan to reactivate local commerce. The first mayor has indicated that “our objective is to help our merchant and business community as much as possible, and also the groups most affected by the pandemic. In addition, the occupancy rate of chairs and tables on public roads for the year 2020 has been carried out ”, he added. The subsidies section represents 8,17% of the total, with an increase of approximately 14% compared to the previous initial budget. This section includes the usual contributions made by the council to the organizational and associative fabric of the municipality.
In this regard, the City Council’s own taxes “have been frozen for another year, as it has been done since 2015”, explained the Councilor for Finance, who added at the same time that “on the line to help our neighbors we have returned part of the rate of markets and services not provided in sports during the months of confinement, with the aim of contributing to the economic stability of the people of Redován. ” The forecast for municipal tax revenues will be reduced by 18,02% compared to the previous year, with an estimate of 1.017.723,78 euros.
As for the investment chapter, this has been endowed with 1.272.243 euros, 20,62% of the total budget, and which includes the credits contributed by the Ministry of Education, corresponding to the remodeling plans of the CEIP Sagrados Corazones de Redován and IES Jaime de Sant Àngel del Plan Edificant. This item could finally be doubled in the budget liquidation, since the credits of the investments coming from the canon of the contract for the indirect management of the public service of drinking water and sewerage must be incorporated, as well as those of public administrations such as the Provincial Deputation of Alicante.
In this way, “the budget items have been adjusted to the maximum taking into account the income and real expenses of the City Council, making it a rigorous and realistic budget for the current economic situation,” explained the mayor. For this reason, the Department of the Treasury has required annual planning of each of the municipal needs to meet the most justified, although it will also “address the budgetary modifications that are necessary to comply with economic obligations and with the quality levels of provision of public services ”, Ballester has clarified.
The Redován City Council increases staff costs for this year by 3,86% compared to the previous year, adjusted to the salary increase for public employees in 2019 and amounting to 1.649.158 euros. The section for current expenses, endowed with 2.101.655 euros, will also include credits intended for the tendering of contracts for municipal services, among which stand out the collection of urban solid waste and the cleaning of roads.
Similarly, the financial expenses section decreases by almost 25%, with 21.532 euros budgeted. In capital transfers of the State of Expenditure of the 2020 Budget it decreases 91,67% and is 3.500 euros, while the chapter dedicated to financial liabilities has an initial forecast of 469,063 euros of budget, aimed at amortizing the loan from the City Council with the entity la Caixa to face the first supplier payment plan.
Regarding the initial forecasts of income, those corresponding to direct taxes are estimated at 2.275.229 euros (7,24% more than the previous year), an increase motivated by the proliferation of properties and companies in the municipality, while, in indirect taxes, the collection will be reduced by 13,34% compared to 2019.
Likewise, regarding the income from current transfers, corresponding to the subsidies received from other public administrations, it amounts to 1.750.001 euros, “waiting to receive subsidies during the year 2020 from the Provincial Deputation of Alicante in the matter of firefighters , local development, environment or culture ”, assured the mayor of the Treasury.
Finally, the mayor of the treasury has asked the Ministry of Finance to allow them to refinance the municipal debt since the city council spends 500.000 euros of the inherited debt annually and to have an interest rate in accordance with current financial prices. He has also requested that the Ministry authorize spending the savings available to the city council on public policies to help the most disadvantaged people.