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The Mayor claims that the financing of the Town Councils contemplates the extension of the municipalities as a key factor for obtaining public economic resources (15/03/2019)

The improper expenses that the Lorca Consistory has to assume each year because of improper competitions are around 5 million euros.

Fulgencio Gil emphasizes that it is not the same to provide municipal services in localities with a concentrated population than to do it in Lorca, with 38 small towns and 1,600 km2 of territory.

The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, has claimed that the new model of territorial financing has to correct the inequality suffered by those of us who live in towns with a large municipal area.

It is an unfair fact and an element of marginalization that has to be resolved by public administrations.

This issue has already been highlighted both in the commission for the purpose of the Regional Assembly and within the Federation of Municipalities.

The First Edil has said that municipalities like Lorca suffer unequal financing, aggravated by the need to assume improper expenses and having to face the provision of the entire portfolio of services that a City Council is forced to assume with its citizens in a locality that presents a dispersion of nuclei of population and geographic amplitude that does not take into account on the part of the public administrations.

Fulgencio Gil has claimed that the funding of the consistories has to take into account not only the population indexes, but also and especially the needs of each municipality.

It is not the same to have to serve a population group that is very concentrated in a small area of ​​extension, rather than having to reach population centers located in an area that covers hundreds of kilometers.

In the specific case of Lorca, we must remember that it is the second largest municipality in Spain, with more than 1,600 km2 of extension.

In addition to the urban area there are 38 districts in which live more than 30% of Lorca and Lorca, some of which are 40 kilometers away from the town, as is the case of Coy, or half an hour away by car, Almendricos, or three quarters of an hour, as is the case of Fontanares.

Fulgencio Gil has affirmed that not to live away from the urban center have to have less rights these neighbors, that is something that can not be allowed.

But it is evident that the guarantee of public services in these areas implies a greater cost for the local administration: decentralization offices for carrying out procedures, opening cultural and social resources such as civic or local neighborhood centers, strengthening citizen security and road, public lighting, cleaning, basic services such as water, road maintenance, public transport service, ...

The Mayor has stated that from Lorca it is considered necessary to change the taxation mechanisms of local administrations, on the basis that this will not be possible without changing the regional financing from national taxes.

Fulgencio Gil has reported that from the City Hall have to redouble efforts to obtain the necessary financial resources to provide infrastructure and services to all districts.

We must remember that in recent years investments have been made in the councils that exceed 121 million in water management, 30 million in the road and highway network (including more than 200 works and 400 km in length), besides solving the serious problem generated to the neighbors of districts included in the "trap" agreements, as well as the bonus of the IBI, up to 90% in some cases.

Some examples of the large number of interventions that reflect the investment effort by the Municipal Council in recent years in districts are the following:

50 new public lighting that has involved the placement of about 1,500 new points, with a length of about 60 kilometers.

32 kilometers of bike lane.

2.2 million in investments for health infrastructure, with new offices in Morata, Marchena, Torrealvilla and Puente La Pía.

4 new schools (Counselor, Almendricos, Ramonete and Avilés), with investments that exceed 3 million euros, in addition to covering the slopes of Campillo, Zarcilla de Ramos, Almendricos and La Hoya.

Construction of 10 social premises and have been renovated 5.

Enabling 14 new parks and completely remodeling 8, we have also expanded the maintenance contract for green areas, from 3 workers to 9.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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