Friday, April 13, 2012

Austerity is the name of the game

The mayor, Charo Bañuls, says that council spending this year in Bigastro will be reduced to 3,439,000 Euros - the expected income for the town is 4,403,000 Euros. The 964,000 Euro difference is the amount that the town will use to start paying off the debts from 2010 – 2011.

In order to make these savings in expenditure, 30 of the council workers will be laid off saving a substantial part of the half a million Euros that the town pays out annually in wages. The council also plan to cut the 40,000 Euros that the former mayor spent on dining and protocol and the 55,000 he spent on advertising and propaganda.

The town also intends to increase its revenue by collecting property tax from those 180 homes that were not taxed by the socialist in return for votes. They will also increase the rate of property tax we all pay by 10% which is interesting because, in his election manifesto, Aurelio Murcia talked about reducing taxes. It was Aurelio Murcia who pointed out to us that citizens in Bigastro pay the highest council taxes in this area, it seems that we are about to pay more. 

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