Budget Commission considers that the loans were not justified and besides, the payment term exceeds the period of the municipal administration.
MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (December 09, 2021).-At the beginning of the analysis of the Income laws and Finance laws for 2022 of the 106 municipalities of Yucatán, the Budget, State, and Municipal Heritage Commission of the local Congress affirmed that it will not authorize loan applications from eight mayors.
The president of the aforementioned commission, Jesús Pérez Ballote, said yesterday that Oxkutzcab, Dzemul, Dzitás, Tekal de Venegas, Tekantación, Yobaín, Rio Lagartos, and Teya requested loans for next year, whose payment term exceeds three years of management of the municipal presidents.
“There are municipalities that put public debt in their Income Law, these articles are not going to be approved, they are loans, different types of debt, and some municipalities are making excessive charges in matters of transparency or in some right”, declared Pérez Ballote.
In this regard, the president of the Board of Government and Political Coordination, Víctor Hugo Lozano Poveda, stated that the eight municipalities did not present any justification or deadline.
He specified that “they did not substantiate, they did not argue any explanation as to why they request these amounts, which in some cases are not significant enough to exceed the constitutional term of the validity of these authorities, which draws a lot of attention.”
This position was joined by Morena´s representative, Rafael Echazarreta Torres, who stated that “it is extremely dangerous” for municipalities to contract debt whose payment term exceeds their administration, which is three years.
It should be remembered that the mayor of Oxkutzcab, Juan José Martin Fragoso, asked Congress for authorization to contract a debt for eight million pesos, and in his Income and Finance laws for 2022, he increased the collection rates in items such as water drinking for companies, the right of vaults for cemeteries and the renewal of licenses to businesses.
Martín Fragoso increased the operating licenses for restaurateurs, lunch shops, hotels, and inns to eight thousand pesos, whose current rate is six thousand pesos, and it is the same case in licenses for businesses that sell alcoholic beverages.