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2010 budgets revealed for Algarve câmaras

By ELOISE WALTON [email protected]

Several câmaras across the Algarve have released their approved budgets for this year, with some of the most populous councils suffering cuts in 2010, while others have more than last year.

Albufeira Câmara has revealed that its 2010 budget is 105 million euros, a 20 per cent reduction on the amount for last year.

According to vice-president José Carlos Rolo, the Câmara registered “falls of around 60 per cent on property transaction tax as well as other taxes”.

The Câmara is aiming to cut spending on public works.

Loulé Câmara has also had a reduction of 20 million euros, with a total budget for 2010 of around 200 million euros.

In a statement, Loulé Câmara said that 25.5 per cent of the budget is for water and sanitation, 21.4 per cent for transport and communication and 13.3 per cent for education, “which demonstrates the will to improve the council’s infrastructures”.

Vila do Bispo, one of the poorest councils in the Algarve, has cut its budget by 12 per cent compared with last year.

Meanwhile, Faro Câmara’s budget has increased to 98 million euros.

Alcoutim’s municipal assembly approved its budget of 16.2 million euros, of which around 40 per cent is to be spent on ongoing expenses.

In a statement sent to the Algarve Resident, the câmara said: “The main priorities for 2010 are roads and water supplies, especially the upgrade of the EN122/1–EN124 road between Alcoutim and Martim Longo and the construction of water pipes to Vaqueiros.”

The statement added that the refurbishment of the Guadiana riverside and the construction of new weirs in the council’s rivers are also planned for this year, as well as to put a project to tender for the 3,000 tourist beds that have been granted to the council.

The increase of Alcoutim’s industrial area is also planned, where “investments that are capable of generating wealth and fixing a young population should grow,” while the construction of two retirement homes are also due to start in Balurcos and Martim Longo, among other ongoing health and social projects.

Meanwhile, Aljezur Câmara, in the western tip of the Algarve, has also approved a similar budget of more than 15 million euros for 2010, which is an increase of more than 1.5 million euros compared to last year.

A significant amount of the budget is due to be spent on the Polis Litoral Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina redevelopment project, the resurfacing of the Marmelete road and the extension of the EB1/Jl school in Aljezur.

Lagoa Câmara President José Inácio said earlier this month that this year, although the budget has not yet been approved, the council will have to be careful with its spending as revenue from property transactions is expected to be low.

Budgets for the remaining Algarve câmaras have also yet to be released.

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