At the council meeting on 23 December 2014, the local government approved the municipal budget for 2015. This was a historic moment as it is 30 years since the budget was approved before the start of the year it related to. At the same meeting the 2015 for the GEUMA planning and infrastructure department was also approved.
The Mayor of Manilva, Diego Urieta, explained that the budget of 21.6 million euros is “a sound and responsible one” with a number of measures that enhance municipal services and local infrastructure and avoid unnecessary expense. According to the Mayor “the expenses directly relate to the municipal incomes”.
The Councillor for Finance, Marcos Ruiz, stressed that “this budget is designed to adhere to the principles of financial sustainability and budgetary stability and without any cuts to existing services”.
Staff from the now defunct Society of Social Communication, which ran the TV and radio stations, have now been incorporated into the Town Hall workforce following negotiations over recent months.
On the expenditure side, the 2015 budget of 20,7 million euros, shows a rise of 20 percent on last year’s with the rises in the budgets for Tourism, Health, Media Communication and Environment by 268 percent. One of the aims of this increase is to boost tourism promotion as well as maintain 24 emergency medical cover in the town.
Infrastructure, water and sanitation, increased by 119%, mainly for investments that have been announced and maintenance of existing equipment.
Social Services, Fiestas and Women’s Department have seen an 11 percent increase, confirming the council’s commitment to social concerns.
The Departments of Youth, Economy, Employment Promotion, Statistics, Citizen Participation all receive a 61 percent increase.
Also worth noting is the increase in spending on Sports, and Foreigners.