“We manage like a motherfucker.” This is how the defendant Alfonso Rus boasted at the PP rallies about the management that he and his party did during the economic boom. But with the economic crisis that broke out in 2008, the vaunted management burst at the seams and seven years later, in 2015, the City Council chaired by Roger Cerdà (PSPV) received a poisoned ‘inheritance’ that is still being paid.
The economic crisis had an effect on all administrations and at all levels. In the case of Xàtiva, the City Council governed by Alfonso Rus, a powerful provincial leader of the PP who would have to resign from the presidency of the Provincial Council for the Imelsa case, from which his imputation for alleged corruption arose, a debt of 22 million euros emerged , an amount that was close to the annual budget of the Setabense consistory, with which in 2012 it became the Valencian city council that increased its outstanding debt the most, shooting up to 86%.
To combat part of this debt, in 2012 the Ministry of Finance launched the supplier payment plan -known as the ‘Montoro plan’, by the minister at the time, Cristóbal Montoro- to prevent this debt from having an even greater impact on the professionals who They provided services to municipalities. This plan consisted of bank loans that had the backing of the State, and was promoted largely to stimulate the payment of what was known as ‘invoices in the drawers’. In the case of Xàtiva, this resulted in a total of 11 loans worth 12.4 million euros.
Now, a decade later, the Xàtiva City Council will definitively settle the amount of these loans by paying in advance the remaining 800,000 euros of the last signed loan.
“These loans have forced us to have a current adjustment plan that we will now definitively overcome with the closing of the loans” indicates the councilor for the Treasury of Xàtiva, Ignacio Reig, who highlights that “these are unpaid invoices without credit from the previous team of government, between 2007 and 2011, which had no budget appropriation and had caused the delinquencies of the City Council to skyrocket”.
“This amortization will mean the release for the 2023 budget of an amount greater than 800,000 euros that we are going to reinvest in the city.” Mayor Roger Cerdà points out that the economic restructuring that has been carried out has been carried out for 10 years, of which 7 have been of a government that was not responsible for the “disastrous management” carried out by Rus. Thus, Cerdà points out that this money released for the next financial year will be invested “most likely in the new contract for street cleaning and garbage collection, to cover the need to improve the service”, an expense for day to day, far from the pharaonic projects.