A “tense” and “difficult” financial health: why rigor and solidarity are required in the budget of the agglo Dracénie Provence Verdon

A river session, which will have lasted no less than three hours, and an extended agenda, leaving the lion’s share to the budget chapter.

Meeting this Thursday evening in the Edouard-Soldani room, in the sub-prefecture of Draguignan, the elected officials of the Dracénie Provence Verdon agglomeration assessed the financial health of the agglomeration and discussed the challenges. “difficult, but not insurmountable”in the months and years to come.

Various topics were also reviewed: environment, housing, city policy, waste recovery, etc. Here are five takeaways from this advice.

Taxation: a year that promises to be difficult

Before even going into the details of the figures, Serge Baldecchi, finance delegate, warns: “Given the ups and downs of the daily exercise and the uncertainties linked to the economic context, it is a transitional budget framework that we are submitting today for the approval of the elected officials. Let’s face it, here we have a consensus that it seems like a modus vivendi.”

The elected continues with the presentation of figures of the initial budget for 2022. With a balance of 50,704,023 euros in the operating section, it foresees 8.15 million euros in order operations and 42.4 million euros of effective spending, with a retained surplus of €1.6 million.

Regarding the investment section, which stands at 23,848,393 euros, Serge Baldecchi highlights the 6 million euros planned for equipment, without being able to specify, however, the content of the latter. “since they have not yet been determined and remain subject to arbitration by elected officials”. Added to this amount are the 5 million euros of works planned by the Syndicat mixte de l’Argens, within the framework of the Flood Risk Prevention Plan (PPRI).

Finally, the mayor of Saint-Antonin does not stop insisting once again: “This year 2022 promises to be very difficult, the greatest rigor will be required at all levels.”

Increased taxes on built land and waste

If the rates related to the capital contribution of companies (28.3%) and unbuilt land (3.89%) remain identical to those applied in previous years, the real estate tax on built-up properties registers an increase of 0.5% , going from 2.5 to 3%. this year. The same happens with the tax on the collection of household waste, now set at 12.6% (compared to 12% last year).

Discord over the Gemapi tax

As a result of the law for the modernization of territorial public action and affirmation of the metropolises, the tax for the management of aquatic environments and prevention of floods is invited this year in the tax form of Dracénie taxpayers.

“We ask for a volume of 2,300,000 euros per year to finance the operation and investments of the agglomeration, specifies Serge Baldecchi. This new tax will be distributed by the General Directorate of Public Finance on everyone’s payroll, not equitably, since it will be calculated based on the land built, the housing tax, etc.

A new tax that divides elected officials. If Arcois Nicolas Datchy and Muyois Franck Ambrosino clearly express their skepticism on this issue, the mayor of Arcs-sur-Argens, Nathalie Gonzales, believes for her part that this tax is part of a just and necessary solidarity:

“Until then, the agglomeration carried the entire budget of Gemapi. However, at one point, it seemed justified that it be distributed among the entire population. Especially since this will allow financing the SMA projects, which are intended to provide security. for the inhabitants of Dracénie. Therefore, this participation is fair. Even if, in general, none of us are fans of raising and creating taxes.”

Serge Baldecchi agrees: “This is an eminently solidarity tax, because all citizens will have to pay, but not all are affected by the risk of flooding.”

Also in favor of this tax, the mayor of Claviers, Gérald Pierrugues, points out however “a flagrant inequity in the territory, being the bases of certain towns very high, which penalizes the taxpayers of these communes.

Finally, the mayor of Le Muy, Liliane Boyer, acknowledges “to vote on these budgets with a heavy heart. I hope that the taxpayer does not take us seriously, but that is the price to pay for the solidarity of the territory.”

A revaluation of the Collettes neighborhood is expected

The starting point, recorded in the corresponding deliberation, is as follows: “The Collettes district, made up of a large social rental stock, undervalued public spaces, an outdated central shopping center and poor quality streets, occupies a strategic place in the axis of urban development of the center – city in Sainte-Barbe.”

Consequently, the need for a reclassification of this district, already highlighted “by the 2013 study of current urban characteristics”it is fundamental in the eyes of the elected officials of the agglomeration.

To this end, a co-financing agreement will soon be signed between DPVa and the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, whose mission will be to carry out a study “potential and commercial strategy”.

The estimated cost of the study mission amounts to 13,512 euros, of which 2,702 euros are borne by the community.

Waste recovery: 380 additional points of voluntary contribution are expected

The agglomeration provides financial support to the various municipalities of Dracénie that establish voluntary delivery points.
Currently, 29% of the territory of the agglomeration is already full and this increases the waste classification by 10% each year. 380 voluntary drop-off points are being deployed across the country and the corresponding collection containers are being removed.
The choice of location is determined in consultation with each municipality.

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