The Government has not paid the councils for maintaining the roads since 2015

The insular presidents claim the outstanding debts from the Government. / carrasco

The Canary Islands Federation (Fecai), this semester under the Presidency of Antonio Morales, meets tomorrow with the Government

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

even though they carry
years claiming the government without getting a satisfactory answer,
the councils maintain their demands for
the autonomous community pays the outstanding debt -especially in terms of
road maintenance- y
update other expenses relating to services carried out by island corporations as transferred or delegated matters.

To address these issues, the
Canary Islands Federation (Fecai) -in this semester
under the Presidency of the new head of duty and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio MoralesHe meets tomorrow with him.
President of the Government, Ángel Víctor Torresand other members of the Executive.

Morales details that the Fecai Economic Commission has been working for some time, because
to unfinished business solution for years, new ones are incorporated also due to inflation, which make it necessary to review and
price update.

In any case, he points out that the councils
They do not have a detailed quantification of the amount that the debt that the Government of the Canary Islands maintains, for different reasons, may entail, although
the previous president, Sergio Lloret (Fuerteventura), estimated it at around 400 million.

Roads

Without a doubt, the
greater government debt with the councils it has to do with him
road maintenance. In
2014councils and Government of the Canary Islands
woke up that the management so that the maintenance of the regional road network would remain
in the hands of the islands -in the case of island roads it is their own competence that they already develop-.

However, explains Morales,
since 2015 “we have not received any compensation”, despite the fact that every year the kilometers increase due to the new road infrastructures that are incorporated into the network.

Canary Islands Financing Block

With respect to
Canary Islands Financing Block -the resources of the
REF-, Morales also emphasizes that local entities have not been compensated for the loss of monthly collection that
the entry of the information system in the IGIC (SII-IGIC) -the method of managing this tax-, an aspect that the State did update with the VAT.

According to his data, "there has been a imbalance in income and
We are entitled to 20 million that have not been paid to us ».

In addition, the autonomous community received from
Background covid state resources to alleviate the decline in the
registration tax collection due to the pandemic.

The councils consider that, since this tribute is part of the Financing Block, it should have been distributed with them, but it has not been done and
they have stopped receiving something more than a million. In general, the islands understand that
from the covid Fund owe them close to nine million.

As for the
IGIC management costMorales "has no doubt" that the amount that is deducted is greater than that registered by the Tax Agency.

Although in the last two years
they have been compensated for the difference - just over 15 million-, the Fecai indicates that this amount is calculated with the total cost of the management carried out by the Tax Agency, and therefore, in addition to the Financing Block taxes, it includes other taxes. According to the councils, the collection of the Canary Block is around 70% of the total.

Transferred and delegated powers

The island corporations also estimate that there is a
funding deficit in terms of transferred and delegated powers. According to their numbers, it can oscillate, depending on the matter and the council in question,
between 30% and 50%. In addition, it has not incorporated the
VAT compensationwith a detriment to the insular entities of other
six millions.

Morales indicates that, apart from these "almost historical" claims, there have been
"new problems" that the insular presidents want to address with the Government.

Among these matters, he cites the
Plan of socio-sanitary infrastructures"because the
necessary items They have not been incorporated into the budgets of the autonomous community of 2023 ». The president of Gran Canaria attributes it to the fact that "sometimes these types of errors occur and the important thing is that they have a solution."

They also claim the
update of the cost of social health placesespecially those with high requirements, since in addition to being below the real price, they have become more expensive due to inflation.

The president of Gran Canaria and current Fecai, Antonio Morales. / juan carlos alonso

A non-confrontational meeting

The president of Gran Canaria and during this semester also of the Fecai, Antonio Morales, insists that the councils attend the meeting scheduled for tomorrow with the autonomous government "without the intention of confrontation" or "generating controversy."

His intention, he points out, is to explain to President Torres that the situation "which is not new, but has been taking place for a long time" harms the island corporations. The most important thing, he says, is to "negotiate and speak positively, without conflict" to find solutions in a scenario that harms the interests of the councils when it comes to dealing with matters transferred from the autonomous community and the services they must develop. .

In this way, Antonio Morales has wanted to lower the tone of the previous head of the Fecai and the Fuerteventura Cabildo, Sergio Lloret, who was willing to go to court if the Government of the Canary Islands does not pay the debt it has had for years with these local entities.