Proposes suspend the execution of all non-essential and not executed budget items and destimate the municipal surplus, if any, exclusively to mitigate the effects of the health crisis and the state of alarm; and always within an Unnecessary Spending Reduction Plan

Seville, March 26, 2020. The municipal group VOX in the Seville City Council has presented a proposal for an agreement to debate at the next municipal plenary session on economic and fiscal measures to mitigate the consequences of the health crisis caused by Covid-19.

The proposed agreement, which VOX has presented in all the City Councils of the province of Seville where it has municipal representation, proposes a Fiscal Contingency Plan to reduce the fiscal burdens of families in the situation of confinement or isolation and compensate for the losses derived from the increase in unemployment or business activity stoppage; for example, reduction of 50% of all municipal taxes whose taxable event is linked to the development of a commercial or business activity (garbage tax, tax for occupation of the public domain for terraces of bars and restaurants, or vendors in municipal markets, fixed or mobile); deferment of the payment of the tax on constructions, installations and works of all works that have been paralyzed by the sanitary crisis or the declaration of the state of alarm. In case they have already been settled, 50% refund.

Similarly, VOX proposes to postpone two months the fulfillment of all the neighboring fiscal obligations with Municipalities subject to term – including the payment of taxes – counting from the end of pandemic declaration issued by the competent authority, the suspension of the accrual of the canon or the rent of municipal concessions or rentals to those merchants or entrepreneurs who are affected by activity restrictions.

VOX considers that in the current scenario it is necessary to prepare and approve a Unnecessary Spending Reduction Plan; identifying all the non-essential needs to suspend its execution definitively during the financial year 2020 with the corresponding budgetary reallocations; and proceeding to suspend the execution of all budget items not executed – totally or partially- that refer to non-essential or unnecessary expenses for the fight against the health crisis, including, among others: Suspension of the payment of subsidies to unions, business organizations, political parties, municipal political groups, and associations or entities whose activity is not commercial in nature and is not directly linked to the guarantee of employment, health, citizen security, food or housing for those most in need.

Thus, it is proposed the suspension of all procedures for direct award or competitive competition to grant subsidies or aid to unions, business organizations, political parties, municipal groups, associations or entities whose activity is not commercial in nature and is not directly linked to the guarantee of employment, health, citizen security, food or housing for those most in need and allocate the municipal surplus, if any, whose budget allocation has released RD Law 8/2020 exclusively to mitigate the effects of the health crisis and the state of alarm; and always within the Unnecessary Spending Reduction Plan.

In relation to this proposed agreement, the spokesperson for the Municipal VOX Group at the Seville City Council, Cristina Peláez, recalled that the Royal Decree that has declared a state of alarm “established a series of limitations that require severe restrictions on citizens, including the closure of a large part of businesses and commercial establishments depending on the activity to be carried out. Likewise, thousands of businesses have been affected by the limitation of movement of people, with the evident damages that are generated mainly to the self-employed, the primary sector, businesses, independent professionals, entrepreneurs and SMEs, which affect many residents who have had to cease their activity and who will not receive any income during the period provided for in the alarm decree"

Peláez has asserted that “in the same way that Spain must protect itself and must do it to the maximum, but without stopping, Seville must protect itself to the maximum but without stopping"

The municipal spokeswoman for VOX in Seville has asserted that "indisputably, the measures adopted by the Government are already affecting and will affect to a greater extent the Spanish economy, especially the self-employed, SMEs and families, well because many of its members will lose their employment, either because their income will be radically reduced; either as a direct fault of the health crisis, or as a consequence of the declaration of the state of alarm. To this situation is added, let us not forget, that even before the outbreak of the health crisis, the Government of the Nation has implemented a policy of more unnecessary political spending and greater fiscal pressure ”.

"The measures taken are insufficient to alleviate the damage that the Spaniards will suffer since the Government of the Nation has not renounced its expansive fiscal policy and tax increases; so that the municipality can and must assume the duty to collaborate so that the economic crisis does not do us more harm than the pandemic ".

For his part, the spokesman for the VOX Provincial Group in the Provincial Deputation of Seville, Rafael García Ortiz He has stated in this regard that "these measures will produce a reduction in municipal income that must be compensated by resorting to the surplus of municipal accounts, and the necessary reduction in political spending."

García Ortiz has stressed that "the The Government of the Nation has not made any action or effort aimed at reducing unnecessary political spending. From the municipalities we can and must act diligently offering the government of the Nation and the autonomous governments the example that they will follow. Municipalities must approve their own Non-Essential Spending Reduction Plan.

"At VOX we believe that all the resources of the Nation should be put at the service of the Spanish; which means that not a single euro of public money can be used for anything other than helping the Spanish to get out of the health and economic emergency ”, it is finished.



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