THE opposition PSOE party in Olula de Rio claims the municipal finances are in a bad way.
The centre-left political group describes the conservative Popular Party-run council’s financial situation as “difficult” due to what it argues is the governing team’s “terrible management.”
In a statement the party maintains Olula PSOE councillors have managed to get hold of information which shows there are invoices with no budget allocation adding up to more than €200,000, stating, “which means that the companies which have carried out these works will not be able to be paid in the times established by legislation.”
The statement gives a specific example of a firm which according to PSOE is going to take legal action over an outstanding payment of more than €12,000.
“This claim not only damages the image of the council, but will also generate extra costs for the public coffers”, PSOE affirms.
The statement goes on to maintain that these alleged late payments are not an isolated case, saying, “In fact, Olula del Rio council will close the year with a more than considerable delay in the average period of time for paying suppliers, which is 71.53 days, as has been certified by the auditor in their third quarter report.”
PSOE points out “this means more than double the maximum time demanded of public administrations.”
PSOE further says that “the municipal auditor has warned in their report on the council’s budget project for 2020 of the ’loss of saving in 2019’, on having used ‘in its total amount’ the Treasury surplus, which adds up to €700,000.
“Hence they are forced to warn the government team that they will have to implement the 2020 budget ‘within criteria of efficiency, effectiveness and economy management’.”
The PSOE statement concludes that 2020 will be a “very complicated year in the Olula del Rio municipal administration”, with a smaller budget than in recent years.
“Precisely those who boasted about their financial management have been the ones who have taken the council to this critical situation”, the statement ends.