Martis school in the Council: “It is better to adapt than to build”. About the financial statements: “We have 4 million doubtful receivables”

We are still within the parameters where it is more convenient to make the adaptation and improvement of the existing school instead of making a new one.The building in question is the plexus of Marti, a hilly village of Montopoli Valdarno and to pronounce these words is Alessandro Varallo, councilor for public works. The City Council’s vote last night (June 22) marks a fundamental step for the fate of the school, which has been closed for some time because it is a little ahead of the future approval of the board project and therefore the possibility of competing to leave it to it. occupation. Yesterday’s session clears the field of any possibility of building a new plexus from scratch, a hypothesis supported by some given the high cost of rehabilitation. But let’s continue in order.

The school in question has been closed since October 2021, and since then parents, consultants and political forces have been trying to handle the matter. The most important steps relate to the manufacture of two feasibility studies after some time prepared by two different engineers: the criticisms that appeared on the building are identical, the cost varies greatly. The second feasibility study, the most recent and complete, provides a total cost of one million and 660 thousand eurosof which 400 thousand are subject to a contribution from the Tuscany region and the rest with a loan to be concluded with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

The vote that was brought yesterday in the city council is technically a variation of the overall planning document and thus to the budget for 2022-2024. In other words, a basic step without which the executing project and the tender would not be achieved. “We aim to approve the executive board before July and proceed with the tender. The feasibility study was approved by the council and the school’s amount is 1 million and 660 thousand euros. We waited until the end because the amount of the feasibility study practically corresponds to the final project – explains Varallo, who also reports on cost difference between the two feasibility studies -. The reasons are many: first, the second study is based on more in-depth analyzes, which were not taken into account in the first feasibility study. Then there is also a good deal of the increase in the cost of raw materials. “

The vote on Marti’s school is not only a “technical” vote, but also has an important symbolic charge. The vast majority voted in favor of approving the resolution and the other items on the agenda. It is a message to be acknowledged after what happened on 15 June last year, when the absence of some majority directors did not reach the legal minimum number to put the items on the agenda for a vote. The entire majority group’s presence last night was what everyone expected, along with explanations for the absence, which, however, were not there. The meeting noted a return to the heated debate, and although the items on the agenda were very technical, the occasion was seized by the majority group to respond to some statements made during the past week.

Mayor Capecchi’s outburst is gaining momentum from the first item on the agenda: the final balance sheet, it is a document that photographs the institution’s financial results in 2021. “It is necessary to make some clarifications regarding some statements during this week, which neither is in heaven or on earth – says Capecchi – one of them is that a final budget already approved by the junta was being ratified. This statement is incorrect due to the simple fact that the final balance sheet is an accounting document, complex and articulated, it is a summary document that highlights the management (payments, charges, remaining assets and liabilities) of the entity. They are numbers: the junta cannot handle these numbers.

I heard then poor governance continues the mayor,. So let’s take the final balance and analyze it: For eight years the tax burden has been unchanged, yes in the last six years it has fallen. Tariffs for services have been unchanged for the past eight years. The debt amounts to one million and 700 thousand, ie 0.40 percent of the debt ratio: the maximum allowed is 10 percent. We respect the suppliers’ payment times, we actually pay them 12 days before the deadline. The only thing that is on the rise is that we have a dubious credit fund of over four million (in 2019, there were about three million, red). On the one hand, it’s good because we’re sure not to spend money that we do not have. But that means there have been some worrying slowdowns: we must also intervene with coercive recovery. For now we have gone slowly because families, businesses, traders are in trouble, but sooner or later we will have to put our hand in the hand. With a document of this kind, however, I do not think we can talk about bad governance ”.

Capecchi also responds to allegations of poor communication, which significantly reverses the side of the coin: “On the final balance – he said – on June 8, we held the institutional commission, which, it seems to me, most of the minority directors were absent.Now the commissions should be the place to discuss and make decisions and then come to the city council with the already clarified ideas.This is not happening because of us we find ourselves illustrating the actions of the commissions without the presence of oppositions, who then promptly objects to the Council. Of course they can do that, but then do not say that there is bad communication ”.

To Capecchi they respond Massimo Tesi, of Center-right of Montopoli, e.g. Silvia Squarcini, leader of the Lega group. The first point of criticism is the time when the commissions are held, in the late afternoon, when many councilors are still working. But all in all, it is an obstacle that can be overcome with the planning of the sessions after dinner, as it happens for the municipal councils. Another issue is the more general critique: “Communication is not just about commissions replied Squarcini – but also the councils and the people in general. If everyone thunders, there will be a reason. “The councilor repeats Tesi, who adds:” When we say that there is little participation and democracy, we say that commissions should be proactive and not a place where one only agrees because one does it first in the council. All the more so because the commissions have no dominant power. What I dispute is that this city council is impaired in its duties. Majority directors should be the first to feel degraded in their role “. Also Maria Vanni di Progetto goes back together to ask the committee chairmen to “be proactive”. “I ask – said Vanni – that there are commissions not only on the actions, which is true, but also that some issues are discussed in a proactive way“.

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