"With this contract, it is not ruled out to reduce the water bill if the existence of extra costs in the audit was proven," says Transparency councilor, Miguel Gual.
The company Aguas de Cieza will be audited in 2018 by the City Council to verify that the price of water has not suffered cost overruns.
It will be possible by virtue of the agreement taken in March 2016 by which the Plenary Session of the Cieza City Council approved a motion presented by the government team to defend that the potable water supply service should be a fee, the only way to guarantee a price minimum for a service that "is of the first necessity".
This measure is based on the ruling of TS 5037/2015 of November 23, 2015, by means of which it was established that the considerations that the user of the potable water supply service satisfies should always be classified as fees, regardless of the management method used.
Therefore, "it became a commitment of this government, with the abstention of the PP, work to reduce the cost of water receipt and ensure that the concession company in Cieza has not been corrupted by its parent company."
According to the councilor of Transparency, Miguel Gual, defender of the motion in the aforementioned plenary session, "the government team, and in close collaboration with the municipal interventionist, has been working during these months in the design and drafting of a statement that would of a framework for the contracting of an audit to evaluate the real economic-financial costs of each of the services provided by the Aguas de Cieza company. "
This audit will analyze the economic and financial results of each of the services provided by Aguas de Cieza (potable water, sewerage, street cleaning and maintenance of green areas), as well as its adaptation to the conditions established in the respective contracts signed with mercantile, "analyzing the degree of effectiveness and efficiency in the achievement of its objectives as well as in the analysis of its cost and performance, preparing reports that clarify this information."
For Gual, "this is a normal operation in many municipalities that has never been done, and are basic to ensure that what the citizen pays is fair for the service provided." It is the will of this government team prepare a strategic plan of subsidies where not only will seek to regulate the granting of subsidies based on objective criteria, but is working to address an audit to control the justification of them.
According to the head of the municipal area of â€‹â€‹Transparency, "this government team wants with this audit to corroborate that the management of the company Aguas de Cieza has not taken the same path as its parent company, Hidrogea, today investigated in several municipalities of the Autonomous Community of Murcia ".