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The Plenary of Caravaca endorses the agreement of the City Council with the Ministry of Finance (31/07/2020)

| To clean accounts and promote the budget balance between income and expenses | The Consistory took to the session the agreement and the measures of the Treasury agreed with the Central Government, which were approved with the favorable votes of the groups of the Government team, Popular Party and Citizens, and the abstention of the Socialist PartyIn plenary session, it was approved to request the declaration of the 'Barranco del Gredero' Natural Monument and the motion asking that the municipalities can have their surplus and support resources to manage the crisis of COVID-19The Plenum of the Caravaca de la Cruz City Council has endorsed, with the votes in favor of the municipal groups of the Government team and the abstention of the opposition, the agreement reached this week with the Ministry of Finance to launch measures that favor the budgetary balance and the sustainability of local administration.As the first point of the session, from the Department of the Treasury it was reported that the municipal accounts were forwarded to the aforementioned Ministry, as required by law, for study and analysis.

The response report submitted referred to a gap between income and expenses carried over the last five years, so it was necessary to put in place policies to correct this situation.

After exposing the measures worked by the City Council to the senior officials of the aforementioned national body, an agreement was reached to guarantee the continuity of certain investments, co-financed plans and municipal services, without applying tax increases.Among the actions announced is the signing next Tuesday of the collaboration agreement with the Tax Agency of the Region of Murcia, which, in addition to resulting in the return of the settlement office to the municipality, will improve the collection and management of taxes.

Likewise, it stands out the commitment of the unavailability of credit, which will be released as income increases with respect to the forecast, as well as the modification of ordinances, the delegation of improper powers and the reordering of internal resources of the City Council to seek more efficient and time-adapted operation.

The tender for public service contracts will also be addressed to seek better economic conditions and benefits for caravaqueños.Thus, to meet the agreement, after negotiations with the Ministry of Finance, the City Council acquires the commitment of a containment of 2,918,045 euros, compared to the more than 6,500,000 initially required.Another point approved in the session, in this case with the unanimous support of all political groups, was the motion presented by the Municipal People's Group to declare the 'Barranco del Gredero' a National Monument, one of the one hundred places on the planet where the 'Black Cape' is located and one of the three most prominent sections of this episode in Spain; the other two are in Agost (Alicante) and Zumaia (Guipúzcoa).

This discovery allowed to support the theory of a meteoric impact on Earth at the K / Pg limit, a catastrophic event that killed the dinosaurs and almost 90% of the species that lived on dry land.Through the adopted agreement, the General Directorate of Natural Environment, attached to the Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Environment of the Region of Murcia, will be requested to declare the protection figure of the Natural Monument for the Barranco del Gredero ; environmental improvement of the environment; the installation of explanatory panels that facilitate the interpretation of the LIG and arbitrate the measures of scientific, didactic and informative use due to its enormous potential.Another of the motions approved, with the favorable vote of the PP and CS groups and the abstention of the PSOE, was that relating to the Government of Spain attending to the needs of local administrations and collecting the proposals agreed upon in the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces to compensate the effort made by the municipalities and allow them to dispose of their surplus in these moments of COVID-19 health, social and economic crisis.The last motion, presented by the Municipal Socialist Group, was rejected by the votes of the groups of the Government team and made reference to the planning of the 2020-2021 school year, with the provision of an extraordinary budget in light of the situation of the pandemic and the hiring of a greater number of teachers that allow the reduction of ratios.The plenary also noted the average payment term to suppliers, which amounts to 172 days in the second quarter, an increase that is directly affected by the income that was delayed within the municipal measures of the state of alarm, such as the postponement of the payment of the Tax on Mechanical Traction Vehicles or 'Car stamp', which was postponed to the third quarter.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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