The Portuguese government is planning to transfer around €102 million into the coffers of the Algarve’s councils in 2020, a €9.3 million year-on-year increase.
This is the sum that is pledged to the region’s councils in the 2020 State Budget, which says that €94.4 million will go to câmaras municipais (local councils) while €7.3 million will go to juntas de freguesia (parish councils).
Silves will receive the lion’s share of the money destined for câmaras (€9.7 million), followed by Olhão (€8.5 million), Faro (€8.4 million), Monchique (€7.7 million), Tavira (€7.6 million), Alcoutim and Loulé (€7.2 million each), Portimão (nearly €6 million), Albufeira (€5 million), Aljezur (over €4.9 million), São Brás de Alportel (€4.3 million) and Lagos (€4 million).
Due to receive the lowest cut of the money are Lagoa (nearly €3.8 million), Castro Marim (€3.6 million), Vila do Bispo (€3.3 million) and lastly Vila Real de Santo António (€2.9 million).
In terms of the region’s parish unions, the union of Sé and São Pedro in Faro will receive the largest tranche (€384,000) followed by Portimão (€340,000).
The government says that the sums could be increased when councils start to “take on more responsibilities in terms of education, health and culture”.