Two motorcycles for the Public Force of Nosara, computers for schools in the district of Samara and new sidewalks for the park in Nicoya are the projects that have been selected for investing funds from the National Budget of Specific Items for 2012.
Each year, following the guidelines of Law 7755, funds from the National Budget of Specific Items are allotted to each district to finance local projects for the benefit of the community. These projects should be directed toward solving general problems or stimulating local socioeconomic development, according to a letter dated August 30, 2011 to the Municipal Council regarding the Specific Items budget. Investments should be for construction, reconstruction, improvement or maintenance of public, community and regional infrastructure.
District Distributions (colones)
San Antonio 6,987,352.6
Quebrada Honda 4,641,494.8
Belen de Nosarita 4,670,244.5
For 2012, a total of 42,149,379.40 colones (about $84,230) has been designated to the canton of Nicoya to be distributed to each district proportionately based on population, geographic extension and poverty. The syndics of each district have worked with local development associations to plan local projects with these funds, which have been approved by the Municipal Council.
The syndic for the district of Nicoya, Olga Chavarría Acuña, said that she submitted 8 million colones ($16,000) of Nicoya district's budget toward new sidewalks in the city's park and the remaining amount (about 2,500,000 colones or $5,000) toward the monument in front of Nicoya's high school in the area where celebrations such as the 25th of July are held since the monument and the sidewalks are very deteriorated. Other funds have also been designated toward the cultural plaza in the park, she related.
For Nosara, Syndic Marcos Avila indicated that the Nosara Development Association has decided to use the 2012 funds (4,795,137.8 colones or $9,590) to buy two 2012 Honda motorcycles for the Nosara Public Force. In addition, he said that a proposal for the 2011 funds was not submitted in time last year for Nosara, so they have now proposed to use the 2011 funds to purchase 98 ceiling fans for all of the district's schools and the high school.
For Samara, Syndic Bonifacio Diaz submitted two projects. Two million colones ($4,000) has been designated toward construction for improvements to the rural high school in El Torito, and 3,105,025.1 ($6,210) will be used to buy nine laptop computers and eight printers for some of the district's schools. "The needs are many and the money coming in is little," commented Diaz.
Diaz indicated that the final approval from San Jose for the projects should be given in February, and Avila expected the projects to be executed in the second semester of the year.
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