Dear, this is not a specific letter for you. It could perfectly be for the previous mayor. What difference does it make if none of them meet their legal obligations?
Taxes are fine, and the more we pay, the more income we have had and the more free services we are going to enjoy. I mean, good. Within them, the IBI has always seemed like the tax closest to the people, the most tangible, because it seemed like it is the one you pay to cover the basic daily needs of the town. In other words, we pay the IBI and the municipal managers give us services. It's what they call a Quid pro quo: I give something, my money, and you, the rulers, give me back essential services. That is, it is a contract.
The Local Regime Law obliges municipalities to provide, yes or yes (art. 26), the services of: public lighting, cemetery, waste collection, street cleaning, home supply of drinking water, sewage, access to urban centers. population and paving of public roads.
In municipalities with more than 5.000 inhabitants, in addition: a park, library and waste treatment. In municipalities with more than 20.000 inhabitants, in addition: Civil Protection, evaluation of social needs and immediate attention to people at risk of poverty or exclusion, prevention and extinguishing of fires and sports facilities for public use. Also (art. 25), the Town hall It must manage the police, urban public transportation and public health.
Well, having said that, and without just looking around, here is someone who is not fulfilling his part of the contract; and we are not the neighbors, who pay the IBI religiously. Because, where is there an urban bus that deserves that name? Where are storm tanks in the Saladar that ensure health? Where is the police, we don't see them patrolling except in the urban core? And we could question many other things: the garbage, which we have to go and deposit one or two kilometers away, or street cleaning, since we haven't seen a sweeper in years. Or water treatment, which is also charged twice, through another fee on the water bill. What is really missed, in a very good part of the town, are the basic elements so that we can say that we live in a civilized city, and not sub-Saharan.
Where my neighbors and I live, we do not have sidewalks, the streets are poorly paved, we do not have public lighting, we do not have sewage, therefore our gray water is not recycled, we do not have street cleaning,... Do we live in a community, or are these the characteristics of life in the open field?
Let's return to the Law - This provides (art. 18-g) that the neighbor has the right to demand the provision of the corresponding public service, which is mandatory, within municipal jurisdiction, and we do so from these pages of Xàbia.com. Paying, on average, 800 euros for nothing is not fair. For this reason, they forgive our debt and we pay to clean the grave, and we put light bulbs in our streets, etc.
We ask councilors of all acronyms to take their citizens, and their needs, more seriously, and fulfill the basics of their duties. Governing well requires having people cared for in the basics; Then, if that's the case, the festivals, the auditoriums, the Muslims or the Christians will come.