Yesterday the Adeje council released details of the 2108 budget with the mayor stating that the council’s main priorities for 2018 would be to continue to make individual care and attention and quality of services priorities. However be said the national ‘law of rationalisation’ was creating problems for the council. Also present at the launch of the budget proposals were the councillors for tax, Epifanio Díaz, and the councillor for works and municipal services, Carmen Rosa González.
Adeje has met all budget targets and aims as outlined by the national ministry for finance and tax, and under the law of rationalisation as applied to local public administrations. The council is, on average, paying providers within 15 days of presenting bills (the national average is 30 days), and is working with a zero deficit.
Under these circumstances the council is able to present an expansive and ambitious programme for the year ahead. However, says mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “we are restricted from planning to be more ambitious in our borough due to the national law, I am calling it the law of irrationality, it’s tying our hands and not allowing us grow more than 2.3% even though we finished last year with a surplus of €15 million”. He continued, “It is unjust that boroughs that have met all the budgetary conditions laid down are being hindered, and furthermore as a tourist destination we do have to offer increased and improved services and resources”.
In 2018 Adeje has said it will spend €89.5 million with an expected income of €93.6 million, figures similar to the year gone by. Last year’s handling of the public finances saw a continuation of the monetary stability that has meant Adeje is one of the better managed boroughs.
The mayor outlined the four spending areas for the council for the year: consolidate and improve the quality of public services, accounting for 56% of projected costs; attention to social welfare needs and programmes, 13% of the projected cost; training and employment programmes at a projected cost of €5 million; freezing of local taxes and a drop in local rates which will benefit over 60% of the Adeje residential population.
Regarding employment Adeje has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Spain, with just 7% on the dole. The mayor continues to prioritise training and education as vitally important in tackling unemployment, “helping people, regardless of age or personal characteristics, to improve their job-finding prospects”. This will include language courses, training in IT, etc. Creating more jobs in the tourism sector is also a priority as well as offering those already employed in tourism on-going opportunities to improve their professionalism thus improving the level and quality of service in the sector.
Social projects, attention to health, diversity, education and culture, are also scheduled to receive extra funding. Projects such as that helping children walk safely to school, Adeje’s social harmony programmes, prevention projects in health, services for seniors and improving equality opportunities are an integral part of the plan for 2018.
The council representatives also mentioned the on-going works taking place in the town currently concentrating in improving parking, “one of the major problems that affects our residents”, remarked the mayor. Additionally over €4 million is earmarked for road surfacing throughout the borough, and improving the quality and extent of the water supply will also receive funding during the year.
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