In an extraordinary session the Island Council of La Gomera approved with the favorable votes of the governing group ASG the 43.2 million euros that make up its new budget. To this amount were added the 2.2 millions of accounts of the Insular Water Council and the 1.4 millions of GuaguaGomera. The Chairman of the Council, Casimiro Curbelo, as he did in the initial process, called the 2017 budget the “most ambitious in recent years” and confirmed the commitment to employment, creation of productive investments, as well as strengthening of initiatives aimed at boosting public infrastructures.
“These are accounts that look at those who have the most problems”, said Curbelo. In this regard, he recalled that 8 million euros are considered for active employment policies, defined in several projects that aim at the conservation of the island’s roads, the footpaths and the maintenance of the surroundings. “With this item we will give the opportunity for hundreds of Gomeran workers to access a job and thus mitigate the effects of the difficulties that still remain”, he reiterated.
8 million euros are considered for active employment policies, defined in several projects
He emphasized the increase of the heading for educational policies. In total they add up to 1.3 million euros, of which 650,000 will go to student scholarships. Likewise, he confirmed that the budget contemplates the upholding of the agreements with the two Canary universities and the UNED, and the aid to the school material and transport. In this respect, he also recalled the commitment to craftwork and Gomeran small-scale companies. “An additional 400,000 euros will be allocated to incentives for our companies, something that makes it possible to foster entrepreneurship and promotion of agrifood products”, he stated.
For 2017, Curbelo explained, the accounts will give rise to the promotion of sports and the upkeep of non-profit entities, as well as musical associations. “These economic contributions exceed 350,000 euros and serve to make the culture stronger, by giving priority to the creation of learning spaces in La Gomera.” He referred in this way to the initiatives developed throughout the island by cultural, sports and musical associations.
On the other hand, the Gomeran leader said he was surprised by the attitude of the opposition that he described as “not responsible”. He explained that they were offered 2 million euros to respond to the proposed amendments and they rejected it. “They even voted against endowing the Municipal Cooperation Fund with 200,000 euros for the 2016 annuity”, he said before adding that they have been given the opportunity to participate in the creation of this budget.
Finally, Casimiro Curbelo highlighted the reduction of the Council’s outstanding debt. He noted that since 2010 it has been reduced by 75%, below the 6 million euros at the end of this year. “We have been able to prioritize and maintain investments, without increasing the institution’s debt and we will end the legislature without a doubt”, he concluded.