A single euro is the amount that has separated the City Council of Valencia whose mayor is Joan Ribó (Compromís) of the obligation to call a public tender for the design of a monolith. Thus, the councilor spokesperson for the Popular Party in the Consistory has denounced it today Maria Jose Catala. Specifically, and according to the data offered by Catalá, the offer received by the Consistory is 14,999 euros plus VAT. Only 1 euro below the legal limit (15,000 euros) from which it is necessary to go to the contest formula.
The aforementioned contract is intended for “services to stimulate the participatory process that guide the design of an artistic creation to honor the social movements of the city of Valencia.” Therefore, to the creativity to make that monolith. In absolute figures, the monolith project costs Valencians 18,148.79 euros once VAT is included. All this, according to the data of the popular spokesperson.
It so happens that, recently, the Valencia City Council spent other 20,100 euros in another monolith, on the occasion, then, of the exhibition of 15-M. Now, again, she does it again. In this case, with a total investment of more than 18,000 euros, which without Value Added Tax (VAT) remains at 14,999 euros, the limit amount of an offer for minor municipal contracts.
María José Catalá has criticized the mayor of Valencia because «no one understands -he has said- that with the current rise in prices, Ribó and the socialists dedicate themselves to spending money on monoliths instead of lowering taxes» and has warned that the expense of those more than 18,000 euros outlined will be followed by another for the construction of the aforementioned monolith itself. For this reason, he has demanded that Ribó “stop spending money on superfluous expenses and focus on how important” it is, according to the popular spokesperson, “to lower taxes to help families and businesses overcome runaway inflation”, which “is crushing the middle classes and attacking the most vulnerable.