The councilor of Vox in the Santander City Council, Guillermo Pérez-Cosío, has requested the extraordinary and urgent convocation of the Economy commission to know the terms of the agreement between the central Government and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) on the use of the surplus of the municipalities.
For the councilman, this agreement, adopted only with the favorable vote of the socialist municipalities, the abstention of Podemos and the vote against the rest of the municipal representatives present in the federation "causes more reasons for concern than satisfaction."
Pérez-Cosío considers that "the Government wants to appropriate the savings that come from the Santander taxes to return their amount little by little within 10 years." He also criticizes the government for demanding that said savings "be used to develop the agenda progress, assumed as their own by the Popular Party, a formation that really shows itself as incapable as the socialists to reduce a single penny of unnecessary political spending ”. The mayor adds that "the surplus can only be used in more bike lanes, sustainable mobility and support for culture, once again neglecting tasks as important at the moment as social protection, job preservation or support for economic recovery "
The municipal representative of Vox also denounces that "the left sells the agreement as an opportunity to overcome the financial balance that the Government of Mariano Rajoy imposed on the municipal accounts and that so far good results have been given in reducing the indebtedness of municipalities."
Since our formation "we have been maintaining and defending" that the municipalities can allocate the surplus in a higher percentage than the current 20% to social and health policy expenses related to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as proximity services and attention to people, acquisition of means of prevention or the reinforcement of items destined for families without income or with insufficient resources.
"From this point of view, the government measure has to be considered as an abuse and an expropriation of savings from taxes, with which it is intended to hide the consequences of the disastrous economic management of the Government carried out in recent years. months, "he insists.
To conclude, Pérez-Cosío dares to venture that the Santander City Council's economy commission will reject the agreement “for pure dignity”.