The City’s budget guidelines were on the menu for last night’s city council at Espace Valorem. Between now and 2026, the City plans to invest 120 million euros, including more than 18 million this year despite the increasingly palpable disengagement of the State.
In a sluggish agenda, proof that the community of agglomeration is increasingly taking precedence over the affairs of the City, the budgetary orientations for 2022 were the main course last night. It is Thierry Deville, first deputy, who summarizes the 61 pages of a dense report by evoking the national context, “the logical rebound of growth in 2021, the return of inflation, record public debt, sustainable accounts degraded”, and above all the “disengagement of the State”. “We will continue to shoot the communities while they make 70% of the investments. One day, they will end up being in the same situation as the State…”, ignited the first deputy.
Thierry Deville’s equation for 2022: ensure “operating expenses 25% lower than the average for municipalities in the same stratum, applying an attractive tax policy while being below the average for cities in its stratum, despite an overall State operating grant of 30% less per inhabitant.”
This year, the City transferred rainwater and early childhood skills (145 agents) to Grand Montauban and this obviously has an impact on the budget.
In terms of investments, 18.6 million euros are planned for 2022, 21.6 for 2023, 29.2 in 2024, 30.6 in 2025 and 20 in 2026, i.e. 120 million euros between now and the end of the municipal mandate, “so that Montauban continues to metamorphose and become the Aix-en-Provence of Toulouse”, trumpeted a very spirited Thierry Deville.
The cicada having sung, the opposition ant came out of the woods. Jacques Zamuner fears “that the debt reduction capacity is deteriorating rapidly. “The multi-year investment plan which provides for 29 M€ in 2024 and 30 in 2025 can only worry us and qualify your optimism.
Arnaud Hilion specialized in “the stunning side of what you offer”, before focusing on schools. “In your PPI, we see the absence of clear planning for school buildings in the city. We have been saying this for several years…” He was joined in this field by Jeanine Meignan. “577,000 euros for the schools, in terms of extension work and equipment allocation, it is an insufficient investment when it is a central skill. It is not up to the needs, especially in the face of the climatic constraints. Next appointment on the occasion of the budget vote.
Parking: places removed at the foot of the Ingres Museum
Another subject had given rise to some friendly exchanges: the annual report on the City’s situation in terms of sustainable development. Marie-Claude Berly recalled the key actions carried out during the year: the updating of the climate-air-energy plan, the renovation of the town hall, the repair of public lighting, and the extension of the network of urban heat and the transformation of the household waste treatment plant into an energy recovery unit.
The elected officials took note of the report, but the opposition raised a few hares like Arnaud Hilion about the project of Large garden of the city tour intended to vegetate the banks of the Tarn and La Mandoune. “Will these two car parks be removed?” Asked the elected PS. “We want to keep as many places as possible, but some will have to be eliminated at the foot of the Ingres Museum, replied Brigitte Barèges. The idea is to free up the base of the Museum so that boats can dock at the future port that on the respondents of our vows.”