By a large majority, the elected officials of the Metropolis approved this Thursday, October 14 their participation in the financing of the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse, that is to say 500 to 600 M €, that a loan over 40 years should smooth to 13 M € per year in the most favorable hypothesis.
A massive “yes” to the Bordeaux-Toulouse LGV. Gathered this Thursday in assembly, the elected representatives of the 37 municipalities of Toulouse Métropole, by a large majority, sent a clear message in favor of the realization of this old project which should bring the capital back to 3:10 from the Pink City to the horizon 2030-2032 if the works start well in 2024. A message all the more clear that it approves the financial participation of the Metropolis. After the boost given in April by Prime Minister Jean Castex, at a time when local authorities, in Occitanie and New Aquitaine, must vote on their contributions, metropolitan elected officials are the first to vote for. The Region, the main financier of Occitania, with 1.2 billion, must do the same this Thursday, October 21.
Alongside the State (4.1 billion), Europe (2.05 M €), the local authorities of Occitania must provide nearly 3 billion (and those of New Aquitaine 1.14). In this Occitan group, the Metropolis is the third financier behind the Region and the Department of Haute-Garonne. To date, according to calculations made by the two Regions, its participation is € 613 million. And it would rise to 506 M € if the State creates two new taxes, the office tax and the special equipment tax, the revenues of which will be deducted from the contributions of the communities.
Does the Metropolis have the means to pay? “The question does not even arise”, reacts Jean-Luc Moudenc. With a loan spread over 40 years, and in the low hypothesis of € 506 million, the annual investment would be € 12.66 million. “With our annual budget of $ 1.3 billion, we more than cover the expense. “And this additional effort will weigh, according to the president of the Metropolis, only from the next mandate, after 2026. By then, 57 M € are programmed, 21 of arrears on Tours-Bordeaux and 36 for the new one. line.
Jean-Luc Moudenc also wanted to reassure on the acceptance of these taxes by the economic world which would have given favorable signs.
This Thursday, the debates were short. United by a governance pact, the majority group, the socialist group and that of the independents have said little about the strengths of the LGV. They were joined by the communist group which, through the voice of Pierre Lacaze, regretted that “the State does not engage enough” and that “the weight on the communities is too important”. Then by a new group made up of three “ex” of the group of the Greens, Albert Sanchez, the mayor of Cugnaux who chairs it, Ana Faure and Julienne Mukabucyana, and by Patrick Jimena, then not registered. Patrick Jimena who announced that the group was signing the governance pact while retaining its “freedom to vote”.
The most frontal opposition came from the six EELV elected officials who voted against. Patrick Chartier denounced “the ecological cost”, “the financial cost” and regretted that there was not “the same commitment for daily transport”. A regret shared by Maxime Le Texier for Alternative for a Citizen Metropolis from which all elected officials have abstained. The members of the group of the Greens, Isabelle Hardy and Romain Cujives are also abstained vis-a-vis “an excessive contribution”. For the majority, Sacha Briand recalled the leitmotif of Carole Delga: “We cannot improve the TER and RER service without a new line. »And affirmed that with 700,000 daily users, Tisséo was demonstrating the effort in favor of daily transport.
“We paid € 300 million for Tours-Bordeaux”
During a press point organized after the vote on the deliberation, Jean-Luc Moudenc welcomed the large majority that emerged in favor of financing the LGV: 114 votes in favor, thirteen abstentions and six against. Asked about the refusal to participate in several local communities in New Aquitaine, the president of the Toulouse metropolitan area said that this was “a hypothesis that he was not considering”. In particular because “the communities of the former Midi-Pyrénées have financed 300 M € for the Tours-Bordeaux line”. For the mayor of the Pink City, “the discussions are less advanced” and “other files” may interfere. But, he assured, “I see that the discussions are going well and I feel a very clear will. “In any case, there is no plan B in his eyes, which” would be catastrophic “.