The mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez, held a meeting yesterday with his namesake in Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida. The meeting served to share various issues, fundamentally those related to municipal financing by the State, since both towns are part of the dozen municipalities that require the Government of Spain to contribute funds to cover the expenses caused by COVID . “Despite the fact that we are addressing the Government so that, as it did with the Autonomous Communities, it contributes funds to the municipalities to deal with this expense, we have not yet received a response,” said the mayor.
The second point they addressed was the modification of the local financing model. “There is a commitment to increase the participation of the City Councils in the State funds. We propose that it reaches 33%, but the Government has not yet made its proposal known”. Regarding the Next Generation funds, “we address the claim that, in its entirety, the municipalities access 15% of the total money that arrives.”
The last of the points discussed, Bermúdez pointed out, was collaborating in tourism promotion “through the exchange of promotional campaigns”.