The council of Teulada Moraira allows its citizens to collaborate in establishing the municipality budget 2018. Tuesday the mayor of Teulada Moraira and the councillor Daniel Ibanco presented this new initiative to the press and explained that citizens will be able to present projects and ideas they think will be important for better quality of life in Teulada Moraira.
Linares mentioned that they started the initiative last year, enabling citizens to participate in deciding which projects should be included in this year’s budget. This year they take it a step further and citizens will be able to present their own projects and ideas. The projects can be submitted on the website the municipality created for this purpose, www.teuladamorairaparticipa.org, or for people who prefer to submit their ideas personally there are voting boxes at the SIT Teulada and the one in Moraira. A special form is available and everybody, registered in the municipality or not, can submit her/his idea regarding municipality investment 2018 until September 30, 2017.
Ibanco explained: “once the citizens have submitted their ideas, the communal services will check the feasibility of the suggestions. The ones which could be executed will be published and citizens will be able to vote for suggestions they want to prioritise and to see included in the municipality’s 2018 budget”. Allowed to vote: Any registered citizen of Teulada-Moraira, 16 or older. Voting is possible on the above website or at the SIT in Teulada or Moraira. Depending on the presented projects the council will use part of the new budget for the realization of the one citizens make their priority. Condition is that it can be finished during the current budget year. The amount of money available for the execution of the project will be about the same as last year.
The municipality programme “participatory budgets” is an initiative of the council of Teulada. The goal is to promote new democratic participatory mechanisms and by this means get a better impression of the citizen’s voice and intentions when it comes to taking decisions about public policy. The slogan is “Your village, Your ideas, Your suggestions” and the hashtag #TuFasTeuladaMoraira.
Projects submitted by citizens must include an investment which makes Teulada Moraira a better place.
The initiative “public opinion” regarding municipality investments was induced by the council in 2016. The project “Buy the Pinaret plots and create a green zone” got most of the votes (budget 290.000 Euros) back then and is currently being executed. The municipality bought the plots, cleaned and prepared the area and is now improving the Pinaret creating a green zone which will offer the citizens a place close to the village center of Teulada where they can relax and enjoy life.