The municipality of Faro approved, in the past 19th, in an extraordinary chamber meeting, the first revision to the 2021 budget, enabling the executive to implement an investment plan of over 11.5 million euros.
“This first review, which incorporates the balance of management from the previous year (11,466,626.34 euros), takes place earlier this year and allows the municipality to set up a set of procedures of a significant amount”, emphasizes the municipality.
One of the strengthened vectors of action is the control and mitigation of the Covid-19 pandemic, strengthened by almost 3 million euros for direct support to civil protection, to firefighters and also to families, IPSS, parishes, associative movement and companies in the county.
The education sector remains a target of special attention and in 2021 it is aware of important investments in the scope of the new competences assumed last year. The reinforcement for investment in the school park is 534,150 euros.
The cultural movement which, in view of Faro's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2027, is entitled to an additional financial effort of 439,500 euros for the development of new initiatives and the reinforcement of programming using local and regional production.
For housing, and at the same time that an investment of 28 million is being prepared in the construction of 205 social dwellings, this year the procedures for building houses at controlled costs and the interventions to improve the existing park are being developed ( 134,900 euros).
In terms of public space, the municipality reinforces the allocation of the «Faro Requalifica» program and continues its strategy of recovering the attractiveness of the municipality and its communication routes.
In the city, the highlights are the requalifications to be carried out on the very busy road of Moinho da Palmeira, which will include the construction of a new bike path (404,400 euros) and the requalification of Ferreira de Almeida square and adjoining streets, budgeted at around 500,000 euros , which will follow the requalification of the Pé da Cruz square, already underway.
For parishes, this review also means “a significant investment”. More than one million euros are earmarked for the parishes of Santa Bárbara de Nexe and Conceição and Estoi. Examples are the recovery of the road from Outeiro, between the Caliços site and Conceição de Faro, in an investment of 440,000 euros, the arrangement of the Estrada da Espargueira (201,000 euros) and the street of Loulé, in Santa Bárbara de Nexe (246,000 euros) ), among others.
In Montenegro, the major intervention to be launched under this review is the rehabilitation of Dr. Egas Moniz street, with an estimated amount of 781 thousand euros. With a completed architectural project and specialties in preparation is Rua Júlio Dinis, which will also be the target of an intervention, as well as Rua do Parque Infantil and Jardim do Urbanização do Monte Branco, in Gambelas.
The municipality also reserved a significant allocation (356,180 euros) to launch the tender for the purchase of shared bicycles and for the remodeling of our playgrounds.
The budget review included the registration of values for the remodeling and acquisition of facilities (642,607 euros), the purchase of vehicles for services (131,870 euros), the requalification of public spaces within the scope of climate actions (180,000 euros) and, also, for the Participatory Budget that advances to its 2nd edition with “substantially higher” values.
In light of the circumstances, the Mayor of Faro was satisfied with the approval of these additional funds.
“They will help us to face the health crisis and to face the difficult times that, from a socioeconomic point of view, are coming for our population”, considered Rogério Bacalhau, who does not reject the possibility of a new reinforcement in the near future for support to the economy, if circumstances demand it, "although that is a government responsibility", he stressed.
However, the mayor warns of the need to carry out strict management "as before", taking into account "the current scenario, marked by great uncertainty".
The first revision to the 2021 municipal budget now goes to the Municipal Assembly for deliberation.