The members of the water table, political groups, consumer associations and representatives of Emasa, have agreed on Wednesday that hydraulic works for improvement in the supply and sanitation network are necessary in the city of Malaga, although, they have disagreed on the collection of a municipal canon to finance them, advocating, therefore, for debating and studying how to approach them and for finding ways of financing.
Thus, the councilor for Environmental Sustainability, Raúl Jiménez, has stressed that “we all agree that they are works that must be done” and it is necessary to discuss how to address them. At this point, he admitted that “everyone has a position” but an agreement has been reached that a study of possible sources of funding be made, but “without discarding anything”.
You can see works that can be paid by the City Council
others are for progressivity of large consumers and also, why not, the application of the canon, which has not talked about the price,” Jiménez has assessed, while it has affected that the other possible ways of financing “would come to subtract from the canon because 130 million is not possible to obtain by these other alternative routes”, noting, in addition, of the European directives.
Thus, it has made it clear that “we are open above all to seek other sources of funding” and “if the canon can be lowered, hopefully, it remains as small as possible, but because it is realistic it is difficult to finance 130 million with other sources that are not via canon “, alluding to the fact that it would be” more transparent via canon, and if there are other ways better “.
Finally, he announced that the next meeting will be in three or four weeks and it will also have a report, among others, with the destination of the money from previous fees, remembering that the collection of them have added about 160 million.
For his part, the socialist municipal spokesman, Daniel Perez, said that “in the end has adopted the most reasonable solution, which we proposed, leaving in evidence the lack of planning and exhaustion in the management of the Popular Party in front of the Town hall”.
The socialist proposal had three points. Firstly, to finance the infrastructures through the procedure of modification of credit for sustainable investments at a rate of 13 million during the next ten years; Secondly, to open new financing channels by introducing a canon to the large consumers of water and, thirdly, to adjust the company’s expense so that, as in previous years, excessive expenses due to subcontracting of services by of Emasa.
Perez pointed out that the technical panel has approved studying “new funding channels that exclude small consumers, that is, families.” For its part, the Socialist councilor Begoña Medina has valued that the PP government team “recule” on the idea of charging the fee to see, he said, that at the table “we agree that we do not agree with it and want to analyze other ways. “
“We must do more works but through other means,” he added, reiterating the proposals for financially sustainable investments, at least, “for part of the whole”, noting also that “we must see the big consumers and the savings in the own company”.
For Medina, “it has become clear that there is a rejection of the canon”, reiterating also that in the next meeting the income that could be received through these other channels will be addressed with a report.
the spokeswoman of Málaga Ahora, Ysabel Torralbo
has also assessed that different forms of financing have been proposed. “It has been asked to know the rent canon of the networks and the use that has been given to that money,” he said among other examples.
“It is open to the study of all possible alternatives, the idea is that the bill is not serious,” he said, speaking to journalists, Torralbo.
For its part, the Deputy Speaker of Citizens, Alejandro Carballo, has once again expressed the dissatisfaction of his group with the water canon, although he has reiterated that the vast majority of the works included in the report sent by Emasa are necessary, “but it does There is a need to rethink the management of the company and the lack of support from other administrations “.
there are financing alternatives so that it is not passed on to all citizens, especially when Emasa’s debt is very considerable
Finally, he recalled that the orange training has requested information on what contacts Emasa has with the Board to be interested in the fate of the sanitation canon; on subcontracting of services in the municipal company; on support services and advice; on professional, technical and legal services; on the subcontracting of services of sending and preparation of invoices; training courses, or use of water from tertiary treatment, or batteries and meters.
For his part, from Malaga for People, Eduardo Zorrilla, and said that the training “is not willing to allow” that the PP government team in the City of Malaga and the mayor, Francisco de la Torre, “impose malagueños a new canon “of the Málaga water company, Emasa,” to pay for its waste “.
He also reiterated that they will require the mayor to explain in detail “what the money has been spent by the people of Malaga”, he concluded.