The Town Council of San Sebastián de La Gomera has approved the municipal budget for 2018 with the votes in favor of the governing group ASG, the PP, as well as the non-assigned councilor Alonso García and the votes against of the PSOE, the NC and the SSP. All this, in the framework of an extraordinary plenary session held this Wednesday in which the accounts have been approved, with a total of 11,788,948.81 euros consigned to the Town Council, which represents an increase of 6.94% with regard to the amount of 2017.
The mayor of San Sebastián de La Gomera, Adasat Reyes, has pointed out that these budgets seek to reduce social inequality “with policies that address the citizens’ needs”. Thus, he stressed that “these accounts consolidate the change of policies that have been carried out in the Town Council since the beginning of the legislature, and that are transferred to the improvement of social services, to the reduction of taxes, to the creation of employment or to the increase year after year of investments”.
In this sense, Reyes was surprised with the vote against of some political formations of the municipality, considering that their proposals are “incoherent and come to reflect a parallel reality to the current situation of the municipality. A fact that shows that they have not assimilated their opposition role in the Town Council of San Sebastián de La Gomera”.
budget lines destined to cultural and sports entities are maintained
In this sense, the mayor said that the accounts foresee an increase of 3.53% in the personnel section, in which the subsections destined to the promotion of employment are maintained, endorsing the Program of Alternance of Employment which is under way, reinforcing the endowment to the extraordinary program of Social Employment and renewing the financing of a technician of PRODAE to support the business development of the municipality.
Along with this, the second most important item is section II of current expenses and services, amounting to just over four million euros, with an increase of 4.39%. In this section, the maintenance of the expenses related to the services of marked social character and of the amount destined to the street cleaning service stands out. Likewise, maintenance of the waste collection service, public lighting, primary social assistance and business development is taken into account. This section also includes the increase in the item of fiestas that will allow to celebrate the Lustral Festivals and the important set of sports, cultural and leisure activities associated with it.
Another notable aspect is section IV of current transfers, which represents 3.04% of the general budget and which has been updated by virtue of the needs of each group in relation to the 2017 budget, all of them with a marked social character. In addition, the budget lines destined to cultural and sports entities are maintained. Moreover, the section of direct aid to social emergency has been endowed with 45,000 euros, due to the relevance and demand by families with greater needs of the municipality.
As for the investment section, it should be noted that it grows 49.66% to reach 1,255,007 euros and that it will directly and indirectly pursue the generation of employment in the municipality. A growth that is motivated by the commitment of the Corporation to adapt and finalize the development of the sports area parallel to Avenida del Quinto Centenario and for which 455,268 euros are allocated.
Finally, the accounts include an amount of 76,205 euros that added to the amount allocated by the Insular Plan of Cooperation to the Works and Services of Municipal Competence (PICOS) of 2018 for San Sebastián de La Gomera, will allow the acquisition of two sweepers and one collector truck for a total amount of 421,614.78 euros.