Before addressing the Report, the Council, after reversing the agenda, unanimously approved an agenda on the redevelopment of Municipality 8, signed by councilors Salvatore Guangi and Iris Savastano.
The document commits the Mayor and the City Council to reinforce control of the territory through fixed police and video surveillance installations, allocate more funds for ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of ERP homes, provide for greater care of green areas and recover equipment socially necessary sports.
Councilman Pasquale Esposito (Democratic Party) intervened in the debate in support of the agenda, who highlighted the important progress achieved in Municipality 8, thanks to the commitment of the State and the civil fabric of the territory. It would be useful to establish a ZES (Special Economic Zone), he proposed, to combat unemployment and relaunch the fight against early school leaving. Regarding the management of public parks, he hopes that maintenance can be centralized. Finally, he expressed his solidarity with the mayor of Nola, a victim of intimidation; Giorgio Longobardi (FdI), who hoped that similar interventions would also be carried out in Municipality 9; Claudio Cecere (M5S), who thanked councilor Santagada for the work already done in the green areas of Municipality 8. In this sense, the approval of the Green Regulation will represent a fundamental step to find effective and efficient solutions; Rosario Andreozzi (Naples Solidarity – Green Europe – Defend the City), who clarified that she will vote in favor of the Guangi odg but highlighted the extraordinary work that is being carried out in the redevelopment of Municipality 8, with very important projects for the development of that territory. However, it is necessary to improve collection and intervene with more human and instrumental resources to provide better services to Municipality 8 and to the entire city; Gennaro Esposito (Mayor Manfredi) invited the Administration to develop its own vision of a polycentric city, avoiding the mistakes that were made in the past when, due to the misinvestment of resources, the suburbs lost their identity, suffering serious conditions of social degradation. . Councilor Alessandra Clemente (Misto) proposed an amendment to recall the importance of restoring Lot 14b in Municipality 8. Iris Savastano (Forza Italia) reiterated the importance of maximum activation in the territories of Marianella and Piscinola, and presented further proposals for amendment; D’Angelo (Naples in Solidarity – Green Europe – Defend the City), who announced the vote in favor of the agenda, but asked to discuss the resolutions scheduled as a priority, including the Management Report, proposing to deal with these issues in monothematic sessions
After the approval of a new reversion of the works, which postponed the discussion of the resolutions related to the TARI tariff to the session of May 30, the Chamber discussed the resolution No. 133 regarding the approval of the 2022 Management Report.
In his report, the Councilor for Budget Pier Paolo Baretta explained that the 2022 Report of the Municipality of Naples presents a significant improvement in the financial situation, which goes from 4.9 billion last year to 4.5 as of January 1 2023, thus significantly consolidating the recovery process that began last year with the Naples pact.
The most significant data refers to the reduction of debt, at the end of the 2022 financial year there is a deficit of €1,989,596,774.25. Therefore, compared to 2021, the result improves by €222,864,952.20, thus recovering €169 million and improving even more by €53,024,276.95, useful for reducing the deficit.
This good result, continued the Councilor, allows the city of Naples to fall below the barrier threshold of 2 billion, but it does not mean at all that we are out of the shoals that risk being stranded, as will be seen by speaking , for example, collection or off-balance sheet debts -greater than 41 million euros- or when the 2023-2025 budget is going to be debated.
Regarding the sales and disposals of municipal assets, in 2022 there has been a total collection of almost 10 million euros. Among the results, the Councilor has highlighted the reduction of financial debt and the improvement of payments, in addition to improving income also thanks to the increase in collection linked to the IRPEF and the tourist tax. The collection problem remains, even at 50%, with respect to the identified public, the action of the collection company Municipia – Objective Value will be essential in this regard. Pursuing and improving good governance on the path traced by the measures provided for in the Pact for Naples: this must be the priority of the City Council and the City Council – concluded the Councilor – and the ability to share these objectives with the public in the near future will be Fundamental Neapolitans.
The recognition of the work carried out by the Administration in the recovery of municipal finances was expressed in the debate by the president of the Budget commission Walter Savarese d’Atri, who recalled the work carried out also in the commission and the importance of continuing for the road identified in Councilman Baretta’s report. The leader of the Democratic Party, Gennaro Acampora, recalled, among other points, the importance of focusing on collection to improve the services offered to citizens, the increase in resources for Municipalities, the pursuit of the fundamental objectives of the PNRR of having a more functional to the needs of the Neapolitans. For Salvatore Guangi (Forza Italia) there has been no change of pace with the new administration, with a city on its knees. The deficit attributed to the exercise is greater and he criticized the method of entrusting the collection to a private company for 10 years, Calcio Napoli must also be asked to pay the outstanding fees. For Massimo Cilenti (Napoli Libera) the real game is to increase the collection capacity.
In his reply, Commissioner Baretta recalled the position adopted by the Administration in urging the Government not to ask for money but to intervene in regulations that do not weigh on the balance sheets but that encourage local authorities, such as the one related to the use of surpluses restricted fees or the bad credit fund. In previous councils, the city did not build waste disposal plants or road maintenance plants, so the criticisms advanced in the context of a difficult path that has been traveled in the last year and a half are out of context. We need to think of a common battle between the majority and the opposition to launch a shared message against tax evasion: we will not go anywhere, he clarified, as long as only 18% of Neapolitans pay the fines and as long as there are more than 700 million Tari unpaid, and the recovery of more than 200 million euros in twelve months should arouse satisfaction, he concluded.
By declaration of vote, the following intervened in favor of the resolution: Gennaro Esposito (Mayor of Manfredi), who reiterated the need to intervene on active waste and on the ability to collect the fee for the occupation of public land; Nino Simeone (Misto), who wanted concrete answers and improvements in the services offered by the subsidiaries, focusing on the hiring of suitable personnel in the rankings of the recently held contests; Claudio Cecere (M5S), for whom the increase in the rate will mean a reduction in taxpayers and a dialogue must be initiated with the Government to retain part of the remaining 53 million; Luigi Carbone (Naples in solidarity with Green Europe Defend the city), who stressed that the interest rate reduction allows more resources to invest in services; for Flavia Sorrentino (Naples Solidarity – Green Europe – Defend the city) the report dismisses the critical issues left behind by past administrations. Now it is necessary to make an effort to make services efficient, including collection, and to involve citizens more. Carlo Migliaccio (Together for the Mediterranean of Naples) recalled the serious state of municipal finances inherited from the previous administration. Rosario Andreozzi (Naples Solidarity – Green Europe – Defend the city) proposed a single-issue council on the state of the Municipality’s debt, emphasizing the detrimental effects of the amendment to article 81 of the Constitution.
Councilor Toti Lange (Misto) announced his abstention, but expressed confidence in the councilor’s political statements.
Put to a vote, the resolution was approved by a nominal majority, with 21 votes in favour, 4 opposition votes against, and 2 abstentions from councilors Lange and Clemente.
The Board continued with the examination of resolution no. 127 on a change in the budget for the price adjustment for the interventions carried out in the summer of 2022 as part of the Unesco Grand Historic Center project and for the replacement building in via Cupa Spinelli, illustrated by the town planning councilor Laura glad .
During the debate Salvatore Guangi (FI) announced his group’s favorable vote. The resolution was unanimously approved.
Councilor Armato then illustrated resolution no. 135 for extremely urgent works after the collapse of a retaining wall between the Istituto Madre Claudia Russo and the Villa Salvetti park. Salvatore Guangi (FI) called for equal attention to the maintenance of the ERP home. Giorgio Longobardi (FdI) recalled that the meeting room of Municipality 9 cannot be used for a year and a half.
The resolution was approved by a majority with Clemente abstaining and Savastano and Longobardi voting against.
The assembly then examined resolution no. 143, illustrated by commissioner Armato, on the price adjustment of urban subway works.
At Longobardi’s request, a roll call vote was taken.
19 councilors were present in the chamber, the resolution was not approved and the Council was dissolved due to lack of a quorum.
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