Joan Collins
OF every 100 euros spent by the islands' councils last year just 18 euros were spent on investments in public utilities.
The rest of the money went to pay staff, on council expenses or money owed to other public institutions, according to a study of council spending done by the Council of Majorca's Economy Department, directed by Miquel Angel Flaquer. The study done by the Council of Majorca reveals that, in absolute terms, councils invested 143 million euros of the 787 million which they spent last year. As is logical, Palma headed the list of councils which invested the most in absolute terms, with a total of 25.1 million euros, according to this analysis. In second place is Calvia (15.7 million euros invested) and, curiously, in third place is Marratxi with 12.8 million euros.
However, these figures of absolute terms are deceptive.
A better idea of the ratio of investment by the councils is seen by analysing the investment per inhabitant.
In this respect, it is Escorca which occupies first position with an investment of 2'650 euros per inhabitant.
Disregarding Escorca, the first three councils with most investment per head are Estellencs with an investment of 1'502.09 euros per head, Deya (1'320.41 euros) and Banyalbufar (938.67 euros). According to the study, the council which made the least investment was that of Campanet with just 21.37 euros per head.
The average per resident invested by Majorcan councils was 186.57 euros but for the majority of the councils on the island, investment spending was above this average, as is the case with the larger councils such as Calvia, Inca, Marratxi, Llucmajor and Manacor. Palma is the fourth council on the island which spends least per head on investments, although it has not held back on investing in road works.
Last year it invested a third of the average amount invested by other councils, just 68.50 euros per head.
This figure is especially low if the potential income of the capital's council is taken into account.
This situation will take a radical turn as soon as the “capital status law” is approved as then the investments made by the Balearic Government will be added to those made by the council.


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