Redován achieves the largest budget in its history with 8.9 million to respond to the crisis caused by Covid-19
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.