In this new issue broadcast Sunday, November 28 at 9 p.m. on M6, the economic magazine presented by Julien Courbet seeks to lift the veil on the financial management of municipalities.
45,000 euros of work at the town hall, just for the purchase of furniture. This is, as we learn from this M6 survey, what the previous mayor of Épinay-sous-Sénart, one of the poorest towns in Essonne, spent during his tenure. From the financial mismanagement of municipalities to opaque subsidies, “Capital” offers a new magazine, made up of three reports, around the theme: Public money: are our cities well managed? It will air Sunday, November 28 at 9 p.m. on La Six. “We take a real interest in what directly affects our municipality. But, paradoxically, we know very little about the functioning of the finances of our cities. This motivated my desire to decipher it, “explains Marc Ghering, director of Cigale ou ant: how do the mayors manage our money, one of the three aspects of the evening.
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In Épinay-sous-Sénart, one inhabitant in five lives below the poverty line, and one in two in social housing. However, the town hall building was completely renovated under the mandate of Georges Pujals (DVD) between 2014 and 2020, to the chagrin of his successor at the head of the city, Damien Allouch (PS), who, while pointing out finger the adaptable colored lights, ensures that they had no form of necessity. “Everything that has been renovated does not meet any need of the inhabitants,” he thunders. Conversely, in Châteauroux in the Indre, the mayor Gil Avérous (LR), receives a Marianne d’Or for his particularly successful management of the city. In two terms, local taxes in Castelroussins have fallen by 41 euros per inhabitant, thanks, in particular, to the installation of more economical LED streetlights, as well as the resale of municipal utilities.
The regional chamber of accounts is responsible for supervising the finances of the municipalities. Those with too risky management may be placed under the supervision of the state. How can taxpayers know the state of their health? By going to the site decomptes-publics.fr, created by Jérôme Mollier, a data specialist. “This site little highlighted by search engines allows everyone to better understand local finance,” explains director Marc Ghering. Jérôme Mollier found a formula to apply for each city. In the form of a Nutri-Score, this report becomes particularly readable. ” Among the thirty largest French agglomerations, we find Reims at the top and, at the bottom of the podium, Clermont-Ferrand.
Second subject covered by the investigative magazine: The Great Grant Mi’kmaq. There are more than 1.3 million non-profit associations, such as Secours Catholique or Secours Populaire, funded by the state, regions, departments or municipalities. That is nearly 113 billion euros (3.3% of national GDP) spent each year. By law, associations receiving more than 153,000 euros in grants must disclose how they are used. However, according to “Capital”, this requirement is very little respected. In Toulouse, 70% of them are, as such, illegal.
The last subject of this “Capital” is entitled Pedestrian zones: major works, crazy expenses ?. He tells us that a square kilometer of pedestrian zone costs a million euros. In France, where they have become priorities for many elected officials, these huge investments are aimed at increasing the turnover of merchants and injecting new dynamism into city centers. In Bordeaux, the pedestrianization of rue Sainte-Catherine is bearing fruit on a daily basis. Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) is a counter-example. There, the work only created a lot of debt because the motorists, who made up the bulk of the customers, left elsewhere.
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