President Moises Anaya of Chapala reports on 140 million pesos in municipal expenditures, while minimizing security problems in his Informe.
He played up the area of Ecology although it received the least resources, only five and a half million pesos.
Photo: Semanario Laguna.
Skipping the formal lectern at the Auditorium of La Ribera, a relaxed and self-confident, Moisés Anaya Aguilar, President of Chapala, issued his First Government Report, or Informe, spending two hours detailing the municipality’s expenditure of up to 140 million pesos in public works and social programs. The event was not full, as it competed with the Ajijic Balloon Regatta and a two-day biker party in the Parque de la Cristianía. However, a substantial and very attentive audience was on hand, bringing up complaints and asking for more information. Aguilar reported the following departmental expenditures:
Ecology programs $5.5 million
Health programs $ 6 million
Education programs $8 million
Government operations and enforcement $40 million
He played up the area of Ecology although it received the least resources, only five and a half million pesos. He also reported on expenditures by the municipality for drilling a drinking water well for Santa Cruz de la Soledad, street repair in Chapala and Atotonilquillo, the bicycle path in the Chapala-Ajijic station and the auto bridge in San Nicolás de Ibarra. However, he did not go into crime and the much anticipated public security statistics despite the September armed attack on the Chapala Regional Base by a van with armed men, and the February report that the municipality was 7th in Jalisco in execution style killings.
Aguilar promised additional expenditures of 80 million pesos for all municipalities by the end of the 2020 fiscal cycle, and the transfer this year of six million pesos for the local campus of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), of which three million are planned in the fiscal year of 2019. Lázaro Cárdenas and Manzanillo streets in the municipal capital will also receive funding next year.
Aguilar boasted the conclusion of the path around the statue of Jesús Pescador on the boardwalk of Chapala, work initiated by the former mayor and current councilor Gerardo Degollado (2007-2009). He also reported on projects managed by the former mayor and current councilor Javier Degollado González (2015-2018), specifically, Lázaro Cárdenas street in the Chapala and the pedestrian crossings in San Antonio Tlayacapan and Ajijic and the opening of the Center for Technological Studies in Continental Waters (CETAC).
He also reported on obtaining the space for the community museum in San Antonio Tlayacapan, but said what he is most «proud of» is the creation of the Community Dining Room for senior citizens in the municipal seat. This project was state supported but is maintained with half of his salary as mayor of Chapala. A down note in the presentation was a video in which he described cuts from the Federal government.
Other state-supported projects were detailed in the Report, including a canopy placed in the San Antonio Tlayacapan school, which had appeared in an earlier social media post by Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, as well as DARE Program progress and over a 100 cultural events. Notably absent were funds for tourist promotion, although five million pesos was included for the rehabilitation of the Municipal Market.
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