Any registered person may propose investments to be included in the next municipal budget until December 6
Benidorm opens today the deadline to submit proposals for the Participatory Budget 2022
Today the deadline for submitting proposals to the Participatory Budget for 2022 has been opened once the plenary session yesterday approved the Self-Regulation for the next fiscal year. As of today and until 11:59 p.m. on December 6, any registered resident in Benidorm can present their proposals so that they can be taken into account in next year's municipal investments.
All those registered in Benidorm over 18 years of age can participate in the Participatory Budget, whose proposals, as many as they wish, must be presented in the General Register of the City Council, on the website or by email firstname.lastname@example.org until the end of the marked period .
The formal presentation of the proposals must have a title, description and specify whether they refer to municipal investments or initiatives of another nature. Likewise, its location and territorial scope will have to be defined, which will have to be owned by the municipality or a private entity with a public nature.
As stated in the Self-Regulation, the proposals will be framed in several blocks. The first block is for Urbanism, Urban Scene and Mobility. The second, Equality, Social Welfare, Health and Senior Citizens. The third block is occupied by Tourism, Beaches and Public Security. The fourth encompasses the proposals referring to Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and the last one is related to actions in the area of the Environment and Street Cleaning.
Ana Pellicer, councilor for Citizen Participation, has valued the Participatory Budgeting Self-Regulation, which she has said is "a very powerful tool" of participatory democracy "that gives citizens a voice and vote when deciding which projects or actions to allocate a very important part of the municipal investment, which will be equal to or greater than 5% of the investment budget ”.
The head of Participation has stressed that "citizens have decision-making capacity" on a percentage of the investments that the municipality has to carry out and specified that "the demands should be raised around public investments and will have to refer to a new investment , or to maintenance and repair works of the current ones ”.
The current health situation will prevent one more year from the process of selection and prioritization of proposals to be carried out through public assemblies. "Therefore, exceptionally, a Prioritization Commission created by the Neighborhood Council will be in charge of establishing the order of the proposals based on the evaluation criteria set out in the Self-Regulation," explained Pellicer.
Thus, as stated in the document, the prioritization session will first observe the block arrangement of the proposals, then the presentation and voting of the proposals that refer to investments and, finally, the vote count will take place. . In this way, Pellicer pointed out, "a list of proposals is drawn up in order of evaluation based on criteria of distributive justice."
Subsequently, these proposals will be the subject of a technical and economic feasibility report by the City Council's technical staff, starting with the highest rated one and up to the maximum authorized spending limit.
In case that any of the proposals were not technically feasible, "it will be included in another list and the next most voted in the list of the final prioritization will be selected."
Finally, the proposals approved in accordance with the Self-Regulation will be submitted to the Mayor's Office for processing, according to the order of priority resulting from the selection process, executing in the budgeted year those works that do not require a public tender or specific technical project or be submitted to public exposure. .
To make proposals, citizens can find a guide to citizen participation, as well as the form for proposals and the Self-regulation, in the following link https://benidorm.org/es/ay Ayuntamiento/concejalias/participacion-ciudadana/ that governs the norms of the Participatory Budget.