The Chamber of Arches of Valdevez approved for 2019 a budget of almost 28 million euros, plus one million that in 2018, the mayor of Lusitania said today to Lusa.
When speaking to Lusa, João Manuel Esteves said that the plan, approved by the majority of the PSD (six elements), "is based on the funding of community funds" and said that the document "will privilege people, families and business investments."
The plan of activities and budget of Arcos de Valdevez, worth 27,863,300 euros, was approved last Friday with the vote against the only element of the opposition in the CE delegate, Dora Brandão.
João Manuel Esteves explained that "the qualification of human resources will be the great bet of the municipal executive in 2019, reinforcing the school of social action, the granting of scholarships and the rehabilitation of school equipment."
The Social Democratic minister said that the document also offers "support for the repopulation of the county, providing better solutions for young people to obtain land at attractive prices and built their homes or rent".
As regards support for families, the mayor said that "the reduction of taxes and municipal taxes and the investment in the quality of life of people was planned, either through the rehabilitation of the public space or services such as water supply and basic sanitation" .
João Manuel Esteves also highlighted the "strong commitment to the expansion of business parks and the promotion of tourism in the region."
"The development strategy of Arcos de Valdevez is aligned with the European Union and Portugal 2020. We want a municipality that is more innovative, more sustainable, closer, more inclusive and connected," he said.
Contact with the agency Lusa, the PS adviser, Dora Brandão, regretted that "once again, the Social Democratic majority executive has delivered a" late and incomplete document, without political guidelines, only with the list of income and expenses. "
According to the alderwoman, the document was delivered "by email, at the end of the day", the day before the discussion, "when the legal minimum period is 48 hours."
Dora Brandão considered that the revenues provided in the document "are not strict because it considers values for municipal taxes, namely IMI and IMT, which have not yet been deliberated."
He also condemned "the allocation of funds to parochial councils", stating that "the protocols planned have the same value, 30,000 euros, for all parishes, regardless of the territory, population and characteristics of each one."
"This affectation must be based on the criterion of population since Arcos de Valdevez is one of the municipalities of the district of Viana do Castelo, which has lost more population in recent years," he said, arguing that the document "did not increase support funds for families ".