2017 Budget Prioritises Public Transport with 4.7 Million Euro Investment
The Consell de Ibiza plans to double the budget for improving public transport next year.
Specifically, the institution plans to allocate a total of 4.7 million euros to this service, “an investment that has never been achieved”, said Consell president, Vicente Torres, in the presentation of the accounts for 2017.
Of the 4.7 million transport budget, 1.5 million will be allocated to improving bus stops, both school and regular lines.
The introduction of the tariff integration system is also foreseen in the first quarter of the year, and there are plans for the implementation of new lines and transport to meet growing demand, as well as the connection with some beaches (to avoid access by private vehicle, as in the case of Cala Salada). The Consell are yet to study which parts of the coast will be selected for the same low/no traffic schemes as in place at Cala Salada.
Another new initiate will be the extension of rebates and discounts (currently the service is free for retired people) to young people, citizens at risk of social exclusion and the long-term unemployed.
The scope of this measure (the age of the people who can benefit and the percentage of the discount) is also being analysed, so it will not apply from January.
Likewise, a study will be made to decide the future of public transport concessions coming to the end of their term in 2018. The Podemos-Guanyem grouping is in favour of creating a public company that manages this service.
The budget as a whole will amount to 92.6 million, 5.8% more than this year. The investment element totals 21.8 million euros, 2.8% more than in 2016.
There are noteworthy investments in social services, with the purchase of a building including its reform to accommodate the guardianship of children (1.3 million) and a second property (one million euros) whose ground floor is devoted to social service agencies, with the remainder of the building transferred to the Balearic Institute of Housing (IBAVI) for social rent.
Sa Coma Island Park
Another of the highlights, of 2.7 million euros, is for the implementation of the so-called Insular Park of Sa Coma. Specifically, the academic campus area (official language school, hospitality school and technology centre) and emergency area will be started, with the building of the military emergency unit and the new fire station. There is also provision for a motocross circuit.
Of the revenues from the Ecotax, only 1.1 million euros are initially foreseen, a figure “moderate” in relation to the amount that in principle is corresponds to the island. The president has explained that, pending the study and incorporation of new projects, only the income corresponding to those projects already included in the budget (hotel, school and bicycle lanes) are likely to be financed through the tourist tax.