Councilors question 2015 budget proposal

COUNCILORS allied with the Alayon Party in Talisay City have many questions for the P731-million 2015 annual budget proposed by the executive branch.

Councilor Edward Alesna, chairman of the committee on budget and appropriation, said the opposition will check if the City Government has enough funds for the 2015 proposed budget.

Depending on the City’s revenues and the needs of local government, the proposed amount may be slashed, said Alesna.

The opposition councilors said in a press conference yesterday that they are not trying to get back at Mayor Johnny de los Reyes, who recently slashed their job-order personnel quota and allocations.

The mayor challenged the Alayon councilors to sue him if they find anything anomalous in the proposed annual budget.

Councilor Doroteo Emit said the proposal needs to be scrutinized to determine proper use of the City’s funds.

Emit cited the proposed allocation of P4 million for the Mananga Task Force, which is under the city mayor's office. The task force is responsible for protecting the Mananga River against illegal sand extraction and other environmental violations.

“Why do we continue to allocate funds for the Mananga Task Force when we don't see them protecting the Mananga River?” Emit asked.

He said that if the executive department fails to explain some items in the proposed annual budget, the council will have no choice but to slash it.

In a separate interview, Councilor Danilo Caballero said the mayor may have difficulties getting support from the City Council because the Liberal Party (LP) does not hold the majority in the local legislative body.

Caballero and three other councilors are the only ones allied with LP.

De los Reyes said he is willing to face the possibility that City Hall will have a reenacted budget next year if the council disapproves the proposed allocation.

He said the Alayon councilors will have to answer to the people if some programs and projects do not push through.

Alayon councilors assured that they will not allow the City to have a reenacted budget.

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