Many local council charges to be dropped in 2019

 

The public will be able to benefit from the cancellation of fees for padrón registration, travel certificates and other items

 

The Adeje council will end 2018 with a measure to cancel certain local charges approved in the December council meeting. Adeje residents will not have to pay to register on the ‘padrón’, for travel certificates, or residency certificates among others which, until now, were only free of charge if carried out online.

According to the report presented to the council meeting today (Dec 28th), the aim of the change it “to speed up the process involved in administration contracts. With the elimination of certain charges we will reducing the time needed to manage money in the public offices”.

The decision was taken, says the local taxes councillor Epifanio Díaz Hernández, because “in this way we can also free up human resources, allowing those people, who at the moment have to dedicate a lot of their time dealing with the cash payments for these measures, now being able to spend more quality time dealing with the public.

Other local charges will be modified, including the removal of vehicles illegally parked and placed in the municipal car lot. The new cost will be adjudicated in line with the cost of the services of the company who remove the cars. The manner of payment will also be refined and the person affected by a car being removed can make a direct payment by card though a bank ATM or a transfer (payment cannot be made in cash).

“The council’s aim is to, in a short space of time, eliminate all cash payments and establish a homogeneous system of payments online or through transfers, and ideally encouraging more people to deal with the council through its online system” says councillor

Finally, at the same council meeting, a new system of cancelling direct debit for the public was approved.
 

Tax freeze and rates drop!

 

House rates will drop this year for home owners in Adeje

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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Rinder and Mohino are the Adeje athletes of the year

 

Other winners were Aguilas Atlético, the borough’s football school, José Antonio Santana, CB Canarias and businessman Roberto Konrad

The III Adeje Sports Gala paid homage to the best sports women and men in the borough in 2016 with Alexandra Rinder, second in the world in bodyboarding, and Juan Carlos Mohino, Judo veteran world sub champion named as the borough’s athletes of the year. The awards were presented by councillors Epifanio Díaz and Adolfo Alonso.


The gala event opened with a hip hop performance from ‘Real Strong Crew’ and a promotional tourism video for Adeje, in which sport featured extensively. The night saw gospel singer Latonius perform and the municipal schools of rhythmic gymnastics also took to the stage.

Many of the borough’s other athletes and teams were also presented with awards for sporting service in 2016. Aguilas Atlético won the award for sporting prowess, the Capoeira Camuguere team for sport and social harmony, the Adeje School of football for clean play and the basketball side CD Canarias for best team.

Cabildo sports councillor Cristo Pérez, ex basketball player Juan Méndez, the beach volley Olympians Sixto Jiménez, Adrián Gavira and Pablo Herrera and swimmer José Antonio Santana also received awards. Businessman Roberto Konrad was named sports entrepreneur of the year, and artistic skater (twice world champion and five times European champion) Alejandro Fernández was also given special recognition. Eva Puzenko was the borough’s youngest athlete of the year.


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Benefits for bigger families

 

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A ‘familia númerosa’ is generally considered one with two parents and three children
Families with five or more members will now be able to avail of reduced property taxes of between 40 – 90%. Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said the measure had been approved at council level and would go towards helping families. “Our borough is constantly advancing and we are working in different areas to improve the lives for the betterment of society”.

Those who wish to apply for the reductions have until February 29th to do so in the local tax (Hacienda office) or the Citizens Advice office in the front office of the Town Hall. The reductions will be applicable on homes that are used for residential purposed by the family (the family home in other words) and the owner and parent of the family is the taxable person, and she/he is on the Adeje residents’ register as are the rest of the family. All local taxes on the home must be up-to-date as well.

The percentage of the reduction to be granted will depend on the rateable valuation (‘valor catastral’ in your property papers) in 2016. “Zones that are valued higher than €120,000 won’t be included in this rate reduction, (this does not mean the value of your house but the rateable valuation) but overall there has been a 23% reduction all valuations so more people will be able to benefit from these reductions”, added the councillor responsible for local taxes, Epifanio Díaz Hernández.

The person in whose name the application for the reduction in made must not have more than two houses in the borough in his/her name. The rateable valuations must be individual and rates should be paid by through bank transfers.

Residences with a rateable valuation of up to 50.000 euros, will be in line for a 80% (90% if there are ‘special category) reduction, those valued between 50.001 and 80.000 euros will be able to apply for a 60% reduction (70% if there are ‘special category) and homes with a rateable valuation of between 80.001 and 120.000 euros will be 40 and 50%, respectively.

(There are different groups of ‘familias numerosas’ – for instance a single parent with two children should also qualify – so check with the local tax office.)

Virtual Adeje!

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The Adeje councillor for finance Epifanio Díaz Hernández has released details of Adeje’s move to the ORVE, the ‘Oficina de Registro Virtual’, or Virtual Registry Office, part of the services offered by the national Ministry for Finance and Public Administration. The objective behind the move is to allow members of the public officially register, send and receive official documents electronically.

“This tool allows a communication between the different administrations which means that the citizen doesn’t have to re-present any documentation that is already registered in the system”, explained the councillor.

“We have joined the service because it offers speed and quality of service to the citizens”, he continued. “The biggest benefit of this virtual office is that all of the administrations – local, insular, regional – can interact telematically to process matters without the need for documentation to physically travel between two points with corresponding savings in cost and time”. The service can be accessed by members of the Adeje public at the Citizens Advice Office (Oficina de Atención a la Ciudadanía ,SAC), in the main Town Hall building.

Epifanio Díaz Hernández added, “the introduction of ORVE in the Canarias has been made possible thanks to the work of the Public Administrations department in realising that any move to improve the processing of matters of interest to members of the public is fundamental.

Adeje’s current online service has a very high usage rate; in 2013 nearly 2,000 people processed some form of official business online. 33 % of people looking for their travel certificate did so online and many others used the service to register their residency here too. The overall figure was a 238% increase in online use over the previous year, when only 837 online petitions were made, and already this year, particularly in the areas of sport and culture, the number of online operations has risen by over 50%.

One of the noteworthy things about the Adeje online service is that users can also use the service to present bills if they are service providers and officially present requests for a place in the Adeje Farmer’s Market – this service alone accounted for 17 per cent of the online traffic last year. And as the councillor pointed out, “none of these people had to actually come into the Town Hall to make their petition, saving them time and money…..so the online service means a saving for the citizen”.

Another move by the council’s technical development team has been to make sure the page now adapts to the format you are using – computer, laptop, tablet or phone – and the availability of personal assessment assistance which offers the user remote support via their computer using the Team View technology which, once authorised by the user, allows the council’s IT department access your terminal and suggest ways of improving the system operations. This service is operated with built in confidentiality and security guarantees. Once the connections is terminated the IT cannot re-access the user’s computer, further guaranteeing the security of each user.

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