«The ordinary session of the Municipal Assembly of Silves scheduled for May 15, did not take place due to the lack of a quorum for making decisions, due to the lack of attendance by the elected representatives of the PSD, PS and Bloco de Esquerda, despite having agreed with the holding this meeting in person and by videoconference and ensuring compliance with all health measures and recommendations of the DGS ”, says the executive.
In this session, the proposal to exempt the payment of fees for occupying public space or advertising would be analyzed and deliberated, for all individuals who had their business or service establishment closed or with suspended activity in compliance with restrictive measures imposed by the Government in the context of executing the declaration of a state of emergency.
This measure stems from a proposal presented by the permanent municipal executive, led by the Mayor of Silves, Rosa Palma, who received unanimous approval from the Silves Chamber, in a meeting held on April 14, and if approved by the Silves Municipal Assembly, the municipality will have to give up its revenue, estimated at the value of around 93 thousand euros, to support local economic activities.
In addition to the measure, other measures to support the community have already been approved by the municipality of Silves, which translate into the activation of the Social Emergency Fund; in the deferral of payment of water supply and sanitation bills, with no late payment of interest, nor suspension of the provision of the public service in question; suspending the period for collecting all fees related to municipal advertising licensing required by advertising companies; and exemption from the payment of rents for concessionaires and commercial tenants of municipal spaces.
These measures, unlike the granting of exemption from the payment of fees for occupying public space or advertising, do not depend on the approval of the Municipal Assembly of Silves. Therefore, the implementation of this exemption, which will give rise to reimbursements to local businessmen and traders, will await a new meeting schedule for the Silves Municipal Assembly, depending on the attendance of the majority of its members.
All the deliberations that gave rise to these support measures can be consulted on the portal of the municipality of Silves online.