FUENGIROLA COUNCIL is reaching out to residents for ideas for its 2018 budget.
Locals will be able to decide on a special project with funding of up to €1 million. The initiative, put forward by Mayor Ana Mula, is aimed at allowing residents greater control over how council money is spent.
An online suggestion submission app has been created and all ideas will be analysed for their viability. Mayor Mula explained, “like I always say; My best team is the residents themselves. And in that sense, we have put in place different tools that have allowed us to work as a team with the people of Fuengirola so that they can also send us their requests, their concerns, their complaints, … and in short, that they participate as a team to improve our city.”
The news comes after Fuengirola Council last week announced it has reduced its debt by 75 per cent to €10.1 million.
The amount has gone down considerably from the €42 million owed at the end of 2014. The town’s Mayor, Ana Mula, has said the council’s economic policies were responsible for the achievement, claiming they were “above all transparent.”
She added, “I have a plan which is reflected in our yearly budgets and how we manage them. The approach is paying off.” Mayor Mula explained, “thanks to good economic management we even have the opportunity of running a surplus,” which allowed the council to pay off some of its loans.
In September, Fuengirola Council was forced to use €1.8 million from a contingency fund to cover a fine for delays in paying for works to the Elola Sports Centre.
A court in Malaga passed the judgment after the council delayed paying the €6.5 million bill for the project, which took place between 2005 and 2008. Opposition parties have criticised the governing team for using funds for other projects to pay the fine, although the council says it is “absolutely normal.”
The contingency fund, which was put aside to support families, is said to be running at a surplus, with a source saying, “we have made sure the money will not be needed for its original purpose and all the aid for our residents will be covered.”
Opposition party Ciudadanos said the situation was “disastrous and catastrophic,” while the governing team said the party had shown “no interest” in the issue in the council session.