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The City Council invests more than a million euros in aid to hoteliers, street vendors, kiosks, beach bars and businessmen (21/05/2020)

| The Governing Board approves the elimination of the public road occupancy rate for terraces, street vendor stalls and kiosks for all 2020 | The City Council will invest this year a million euros in aid and exemptions for traditional commerce.

Thus, the holders of terraces, stalls and kiosks will be exempt from paying the fees for the occupation of public roads in 2020.This was agreed by the municipal government this Wednesday, May 20 at the Governing Board, where the amendment of the Fiscal Ordinance that regulates these rates was approved by the Cartagena City Council.

In this way, the owners of these facilities will not have to pay this municipal tax throughout the year 2020.On March 20, after the decree of the State of Alarm by the Government of Spain, the City of Cartagena decided to declare the days that fall within this situation unfit, which would imply a proration of the rates.

Finally, with the aim of minimizing the impact on the local economy, the Government team establishes the exceptional and temporary suppression, for all of 2020, of the rates throughout the current year.With this decision, the City Council will stop entering a total of 585,000 euros during 2020, which will be charged to the Contingency Fund.Once this measure has been agreed, it will be published in the Official Gazette of the Region of Murcia and will be on public display on the board of the City Council for a period of 30 days, before it is finally approved."We continue to protect the business fabric of Cartagena and, for this, we believe it is essential to free hoteliers from paying terraces and the owners of street vendor stalls and kiosks of the occupancy rate throughout the year 2020, which will allow them to face these months with less economic stress, "said the mayor, Ana Belén Castejón."We promised to give them answers, and next Thursday these aid measures will be approved in plenary, which have been in great demand by representatives of business organizations," he assured.The City Council is committed to helping women entrepreneursOn the other hand, a temporary green light has been given to the installation of women entrepreneurial companies that have been affected by the crisis of COVID-19 in the Business Nursery for Women in Cartagena.The measure arises as a result of the mayor's recent commitment to the AMEP president, who conveyed to her in a meeting the difficult situation that several of the members are going through, which have forced some to even close their businesses.In this way, businesswomen affected by the COVID-19 crisis will be able to settle, temporarily, in the Business Incubator for Women in Cartagena.

A Commission will be in charge of evaluating the economic situation of each candidate, in order to analyze the situation of each case.The beneficiaries will be exempt from the payment of fees and will be able to use the facilities of the business incubator, which has furnished offices, fiber optics, different meeting and multipurpose rooms, and water, electricity, cleaning and concierge services.“It was necessary to implement urgent measures to support women entrepreneurs in Cartagena and promote an entrepreneurial culture.

Our objective is to implement all possible measures that promote support for families, workers, consumers and vulnerable groups during this health crisis, as well as measures that reinforce economic activity, "said Ana Belén Castejón.Discount in the canon of beach barsIn addition, the Cartagena City Council is finalizing the reduction of 50% of the fee to beach bar concessionaires.

A savings to which will be added, an extension of the license until the month of November, as negotiated by the City Council of Cartagena with the Demarcation of State Coasts, entity responsible for these licenses.In this way, the holders will obtain a saving in the rates that allows them to install their businesses on the beaches of the municipality, which will add about 70,000 euros that will be borne by the Cartagena City Council, while they will be able to keep them open to the public until next month.

November, if they wish, thus extending their opening season.The City Council will contact, in the next few days, with associations and businessmen licensees for beach bars to send them the proposal and learn about the list of those interested in installing their businesses during this summer season, with the aim of transferring it to the Demarcation of Costs as soon as possible and that you give them the relevant authorization."All the measures that we contemplate are aimed at strengthening and promoting the business and economic fabric of Cartagena," said the mayor.

"We want the beach bars to open to the public in the best possible safety and hygiene conditions, and make it easier for them to return to work."All these measures are added to the aid for exemption of water and garbage that have been processed since last May 8 at the Local Development and Employment Agency, by which all businesses forced to close due to the entry into force of the decree of State of Alarm last March 14, they may request the exemption from the payment of water and garbage retroactively while the State of Alarm lasts.

Together with the fee exemptions approved by the local Government Board, they could amount to up to one million euros.To date, more than 300 freelancers and small entrepreneurs have applied for this help through the Business Assistance Single Telephone (968021701).

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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