The mayor of Montellano defends his management and blames the previous government for payroll defaults
- The mayor of the Municipality of Montellano, Curro Gil Malaga (PSOE), said that, during 12 months of government, the payroll owed by the previous Consistory to the officials, such as the extra of December 2014, has been paid. April to December 2015 (including the extra June) and 70 percent of the payroll of January this year, "more than 1.6 million euros", so it has been clarified that only the February payments are due as of June 2016, amounts that have accumulated "due to late payments" prior to his term.
Speaking to Europa Press, and in reference to the strikes that the workers of the City Council will take place on July 7 and 8 due to the late payment of the payroll, Gil Málaga explained that an active communication is followed, subject to numerous meetings, for keep the workers informed, since "it is true that there are backlogs and we understand that they have the right to go on strike, but the point of departure must be taken into account".
Likewise, it has indicated its intention to pay the outstanding payrolls, something that "will depend" also on the money coming from the Participation in the Taxes of the State (PIE) and of the Provincial Agency of Economic and Fiscal Assistance (Opaef), "without forgetting other expenses of utmost importance, such as light, telephones to carry out negotiations, etc. "
In addition, it has made a distinction between the civil service, which "directly affects this situation" and the rest of the workforce, "whose payments are up to date", since that money comes from subsidies, as is the case of the Law of Dependency, home help, the Social Work Unit (UTS) or the Rural Employment Plan (PER), paid directly by the Provincial Council.
According to Gil Malaga, an "important" adjustment plan is being carried out, where "financial expenses" have been lowered by "almost half a million," and he has clung to the imminent exit of the new management fund, "since one of the problems that The Consistory is the debt, since loans are being paid at five or six percent, very high loans. " According to his words, the ordination fund that the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration will draw "could allow refinancing the debt and lengthen it in installments".
In addition, he clarified that another problem has been a debt with Social Security of 2.6 million, so "there was a risk of losing aid and subsidies offered by the Provincial Council and the Board, because if you are not day with the Treasury and Social Security, you lose those rights. " "This led to having to propose an agreement to finance and Social Security made a deferral to eight years, which we now pay," he added in reference to the agreement they signed at the end of December 2015.
In this sense, Gil Malaga recalled that the previous corporation took refuge in an ordination fund and requested a one-year PIE advance, "1.3 million that the State anticipated to the City Council in exchange for its commitment to do an adjustment plan and the return in three years ", so from 2014 to 2016" we have 33 percent of the PIE funds withheld ". However, he assured that the advance is still being returned, which means that "the income of the Consistory will decrease".
On the other hand, the mayor has shown his commitment to continue maintaining all services, in reference to the agrotourism fair criticized by CCOO in a statement, and that the president claims to be "an economic engine, which also had the help of the Deputation".
Gil Malaga has also spoken of austerity and has qualified that he is dedicating almost 70 percent to the payment of personnel, removing superfluous expenses, but "when the backpack that you carry is fat, it costs a lot". In this regard, he wanted to record the pride he feels for the workforce and is confident that with external aid and the refinancing of the debt "we will be able to get out of this situation".
For the moment, he has asserted that "no external contracts are being made and adjustments are being made to keep the whole world". According to the data that has contributed, in 2012 the debt of the City council "was of about 7.4 million in 2012" and has lowered the same "to seven million in 2015, about 400,000 euros more or less".
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