Next year's municipal budget in Marbella will increase by 15 per cent, to 283 million euros, the town's mayor Ángeles Muñoz has announced.
This increase is thanks to, above all, the arrival of European EDUSI funds, the settled debt with the Hidralia water management company and the increase in economic activity across the municipality.
During 2018, income from the concession of licences grew 100 per cent, for which reason an increase close to this percentage has been budgeted in this area.
The budgets do not include any additional revenue from the seizure of assets in the 'Malaya' corruption case, however. What has already been collected has been incorporated into the 2018 budget and what comes in next year, if indeed it does, will result in a budget amendment.
Muñoz stressed that the budgets again supported decentralisation, with more than 20 million euros set aside for San Pedro Alcántara.
Overall, the new budget sees an increase of 17 per cent for social policies, a sum of 31 million euros for public works (which is 30 per cent more than this year), and significant funds for neighbourhood investments (3.5 million), district conservation (1.5 million) and the resurfacing or reconstruction of streets such as Calle Salduba, Calle Virgen del Pilar or Calle Nuestra Señora de Gracia.
The budgets also include cultural investments, such as the restoration of the Museo del Grabado and the Trapiche del Prado, and 1.2 million euros for sports facilities, including the creation of a competition swimming pool and the closure of the Guadaiza sports centre.
"Additionally, we will invest in the residence for the elderly, the new Official Language School and the School of Music and Dance in San Pedro Alcántara," said the mayor.
The promotion of sport
Increases are also planned in employment, with a rise in spending of 17 per cent, as well as 30 per cent more for the promotion of sport.
In education, the budget will increase by nine per cent while 4.6 million euros will be allocated to public transport where a free service will be on offer for people registered in the municipality. A further four million euros will go to the Parks and Gardens Department.
Conversely, the IBI property tax will fall for residents, reducing council income by almost seven million euros.