Juan Pablo Polettithe elected mayor of the city of Santa Feis aware of these circumstances and that, inevitably, there will be repercussions on key issues at the local level.
Milei president: Juan Pablo Poletti spoke about what is coming in Santa Fe
These days uncertainty prevails. The new mayor awaits, expectantly, the contacts that may occur between the elected governor, Maximiliano Pullarotheir peers from the rest of the country and the new national officials.
In an interview with the Creo program, which airs every morning on AIRJuan Pablo Poletti explained how they will seek to reduce municipal public spending, although he warned that an adequate structure is needed to meet the demands of the city.
He also emphasized the work of local cooperatives and the need for more efficient control of their tasks.
He spoke about public transportation, the uncertainty over the continuity or not of national subsidies and raised his doubts about a crucial issue: What will happen to the central government funds that were being allocated to public works in provinces and municipalities?
“We will see what the government conditions that Javier Milei sets for the interior of the country. Of course, there are laws that Milei will have to comply with. We will see how the developments occur, the interactions with the different ministries from our secretariats to defend the people of Santa Fe,” highlighted the elected mayor.
Reduction of public spending of the Municipality of Santa Fe
– We are going to shrink the State and reduce public spending significantly, and we ask the provinces and municipalities to follow the same path. Will there be cuts in public spending by the Municipality of Santa Fe? And if so, in what way?
– During the campaign I was in contact with the 88 neighborhoods of the city, and it was clear that people were tired of the hypertrophy of the political structure. The first thing we did when presenting the cabinet was to reduce two secretariats, remove all the subdirectorates that were more than 56.
In any case, you have to have the structure, you have to be efficient, but you cannot leave a neighborhood or an area without the territorial presence that an Executive needs to be able, together with the plant staff, to do things as one intends. Otherwise, we will not achieve everything that the city demands.
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The new management of Juan Pablo Poletti will eliminate 56 municipal subdirectorate positions.
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– Isn’t there much more to reduce if we intend to cover the needs of a city like Santa Fe?
– When we enter we will see. There are issues that are common sense and there are sectors where it can also be cut. If I have municipal staff doing a task, I don’t have to pay a cooperative to do the same job. If I have a cooperative cleaning a neighborhood, I don’t have to have two cooperatives cleaning the same neighborhood.
If I find a cooperative that charges for cleaning, and I find weeds or that the garbage dumps were not cleaned, I am paying to pay for a task… It seems to me that it is in the control, in the management, in the organization, in seeing that it is done. that one really pays is effective.
– The word cooperative appeared several times in the previous answer. Are there too many cooperatives carrying out tasks that could be done by municipal employees or cooperatives that are not doing their job?
– I give it as an example because I know that cooperatives can be very efficient for the municipality, when the necessary resources are not available from the State. For example, machinery or canal cleaning. One has the possibility of hiring a cooperative and I don’t see it as bad at all. What I’m saying is that they have to be efficient.
A new paradigm for public works at the national level
– The new national government announced that it will change the logic of public works and that it will seek to privatize them. How will this impact the city of Santa Fe? Should the Municipality also change the paradigm of local public works?
– I’m waiting. Until now I don’t quite understand, because we still don’t have a thorough understanding of the new President. Until now, the government provided the funds, bidding was carried out and private companies carried out the works. The works were not carried out with public employees, but rather through a closed-bid tender. Now we have to see what Milei says, if the private company is going to pave the street and be in charge of that street. Is the avenue privatized? Are we going to have to put a toll?
That’s what I don’t quite understand right now. When one talks about large works, such as the urbanization of a neighborhood, how is it done with a private project. I am waiting for Maximiliano Pullaro to have information, to know what the axes of this new theme would be.
When you are mayor you must have a good relationship with the provincial government and also with the national government. We will see what conditions the Nation sets and we can be respectful of the works that are underway, that they can continue, that the funds from now until December continue to come so that Emilio can finish his works or finance them so that they can continue going.
Later we will see what funds the Municipality has, but they will not be for these large works, which always had provincial or national financing.
Transportation and co-participation: two key issues for the Municipality of Santa Fe
– One of the main issues in the city is transportation. In the event that the subsidies are eliminated, is the Municipality considering the new scenario?
– I was in Rosario to chat with Pablo Javkinsomeone with a lot of experience, and told me that everything related to transportation is being handled in coordination between Córdoba, Rosario and Santa Fe.
At the moment it is not known what will happen with national subsidies for bus transportation.
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This gives some strength to businessmen. And when they take out the subsidies, we will see with Javkin and the mayor of Córdoba how we can interact to defend the interests of the people of Santa Fe. I find this link extremely productive regarding the possibility of obtaining subsidies or not, but also to negotiate with companies.
– Some measures taken by the current government – Profits and VAT refunds – have an impact on the Municipality and the Province because there are already cuts in co-participation. Do you know what will happen in this sense? Is there at least some indication?
– None. Nothing at all. In any case, I have a meeting with Emilia left during the transition. We’ll see if he knows anything based on his relationship with the current President. But it’s still all uncertainty. We will really see which are the axes that are going to affect us.
This is one more complexity within a transition that fortunately, and I am grateful, was carried out in an orderly manner. Beyond the fact that the times of the incoming mayor are not the same as those of the acting mayor, he must govern and at the same time make the transition.
There was a really productive transition. Let’s hope to reach December 10 with the information that Emilio can give me, plus everything new that is coming nationally and we can reach December 11 with clear points.
Emilio said that there is money to pay December salaries to all municipal employees and that is very good news and the same will surely happen with the bonus.