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Town halls unable to agree 2017 budgets due to internal conflicts

A recent council meeting at Nerja town hall.
A recent council meeting at Nerja town hall. / E. Cabezas
  • Projects and investments planned for this year have not yet got under way and Nerja councillors fear the loss of significant European funding

Three out of the four biggest Axarquía town halls have failed to sign off this year’s budgets, despite being at the end of the first quarter.

Councillors at Nerja, Torrox and Rincón de la Victoria town halls have been unable to reach agreements over the budgets, due to votes of no confidence, or the threats thereof, as well as internal differences.

Only Vélez-Málaga’s tripartite administration, formed by the socialist PSOE, Partido Andalucía and independent Torre del Mar parties, has been able to sign off the 2017 budget, thanks to the support of independent councillor, José Antonio Moreno Ocón.

The three authorities have had to stretch out last year’s budgets and in the case of Torrox, that of 2015. They will be unable to begin new projects and investments until this year’s budgets have been approved.

In Rincón de la Victoria, a four-way coalition was reduced to two parties when accusations of cronyism over the management of a cleaning company were revealed, while in Nerja and Torrox, ongoing threats of votes of no confidence from opposition parties have delayed the decisions. In addition, counillors in Nerja have warned of the risk of losing five million euros of European funding if the budget is not approved soon.