The Municipality of Mariano Roque Alonso (MRA) decided to increase the property tax by 7.6%. The commune has been making annual increases in the percentage. However, the one registered during 2022 is vastly higher than that of previous years.
To cite as examples, in 2021, the increase was only 1.7%, while, in 2020, the increase was 2.4%.
While, in the years 2014 and 2015, the rate of increase under the same concept was around 6.2% and 6.3%.
Ricardo Torres, a resident of the city and member of the “Civil Association of Citizen Audit in Mariano Roque Alonso”, questioned that the increase occurs just in an election year.
“In these nine years we do not see that the city has improved to pay more expensive rates and taxes. The increase occurs in coincidence with an electoral year”, she questioned.
He stated that comparing what they paid between 2013 and now, the increase in these 9 years is 47.6%. Something that is not reflected in the abandoned streets.
“Outside the pandemic years (2020 and 2021), the evolution of the increase is around 4% but now, it jumped to 7%,” he questioned.
The neighbor affirmed that it is enough to take a walk through the streets Gral. Bernardino Caballero that borders the Airport and Avda. Gral. Diaz that joins the main access of Bernardino Caballero street with the Transchaco route; to realize the state of abandonment that the city is on the part of its municipal authorities.
“This is also the responsibility of the councilors, as members of the Municipal Board, who should be the first and most interested in providing solutions to citizens,” he questioned.
Last Wednesday, April 27, the Comptroller announced an audit in the Municipality of Mariano Roque Alonso (MRA), administered by the liberal Carolina Aranda. The financial audit will be carried out on the financial statements of the institution.
Torres explained that now, the municipality must designate a nexus to carry out the work.
One of the inconsistencies reported by Torres, through our media, was that the commune spent more on salaries than on works during 2021.
During the 12 months of the year, the commune spent G. 9,510 million (US$ 1.4 million) in the “Hired Personnel” category. However, in the “Constructions” category, only G. 1,464 million (US$ 209 thousand) were invested.
What is striking is that the latter reflects a gradual decrease in investment in works in the last three years. Taking into account that in 2019 G. 5,044 million (US$ 719 thousand) were invested and in 2020 G. 2,027 million (US$ 289 thousand) were invested.