City Council: Opposition absent

City Council: Opposition absent
City Council: Opposition absent

Invited in particular to vote on the administrative account and the supplementary budget, Albigensian elected officials did not have to cross swords. The opposition groups had chosen to remain silent.

We know about the encouragement strike in a stadium. A way to send a message to the team responsible for disappointing performances. On Monday, at the Albi municipal council, we were treated to a strike of protests, the elected representatives of the left-wing minority groups, failing to validate all the deliberations, bringing no contradiction to the majority’s proposals. Political tactics? Mind turned elsewhere during this period of national elections? Enthusiasm numbed by the first heat wave? Failing to have the answer (?), Stéphanie Guiraud-Chaumeil seized the advantage to drive the point home. “You vote against the supplementary budget without providing the slightest explanation of your vote. I deduce from this that your position is purely ideological. Or that the City should not be doing so badly…” Finally, the only contradiction came from the RN bench, where the deputy Frédéric Cabrolier, failing to maintain a presence until the end of the session (he is in campaign), deployed a critical analysis of the municipal accounts, taking care however not to attribute to the municipality the expenses induced by “the mismanagement of the State. » “To cope with its budget deficit announced at 4.9% of GDP and which is finally at 5.5%, the State sought 10 billion euros in the social sector, and it is now turning to the communities local authorities to try to recover an additional 10 billion, or an effort of 2.5 billion in 2024,” he indicates. “Similarly, the increase in personnel costs is above all linked to the increase in the index point of civil servants and the increase in the minimum wage. It should also be emphasized that it is the revaluation of tax bases that allows you to increase your revenue. In summary, you are suffering from exogenous causes and you are doing well, but it will not be the same music next year.” The RN deputy notes, however, “that the tax pressure increased in 2023 for the Albigensians and that the outstanding debt per capita has increased since 2022.”

“Do not pass on debt to future generations”

In his introductory presentation, Roland Gilles presented the 2023 administrative account (which notes the effective implementation of the budget), which shows a closing result of +€10.17 million. due in particular to the increase in tax resources of +€2.1 million. as well as State grants (+ €1.56 million, largely thanks to the payment of the “safety net” intended to compensate for the effects of inflation). The deputy mayor responsible for finance insisted on the improvement of the City’s debt reduction and on the tax pressure which is lower in Albi than that of cities in the same population stratum (€683 per inhabitant compared to €803/inhabitant). “This is not the first time that we have contributed to the recovery of the nation’s public accounts,” underlined Stéphanie Guiraud-Chaumeil. “Since 2014, this represents on average €3 million. per year for our community. It is our responsibility because we do not want to cede debt to future generations. It just taught us to make choices. »

The 2024 supplementary budget is marked by the inclusion of €3.85 million. new investment expenditure: repair of the facade of the Saint-Joseph church (€750,000), and the main pitch of the Rigaud stadium (€116,000.) in particular. Among the other deliberations, we would like to highlight the validation by elected officials of the launch of work to modernize the Mazicou stadium (construction of a reception area, changing rooms, and a covered stand with 350 seats) for a projected amount of work amounting to at €2.11 million. Commissioning of the whole will be effective in September 2025.

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