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Nicoya Municipality Ranks 65th Nationally
  • Nicoyan Mayor Affirms that Rating Doesn’t Reflect Reality
  • Councilmember Acknowledges Room for Improvement

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

The Municipality of Nicoya dropped from 55th place nationally in 2010 to 65th place in 2011 in the results of the Municipal Management Index (IGM), which evaluates the management performed by a total of 88 local governments during the year. 

Nicoya’s grade this year was 41.18, which places the canton next to last in Guanacaste, only above Abangares (72) and Peñas Blancas, Alajuela (88), according to the listing released by the Controller General of the Republic. Marcos Jimenez, Nicoya’s mayor, considers the rating inexact since it omits budget information. “In this index, the Controller doesn’t include the 520 million colones ($1,040,000) we have executed in 2011; therefore I consider this measurement erroneous since it doesn’t reflect the reality of what we have executed,” he affirmed.
Jimenez pointed out that when he arrived to the municipality, he found annual arrears at 34%, which equals more than a billion colones ($2,000,000) pending collection, and currently the amount in arrears is 0%.

“We have put the municipal finances in order since before definitions weren’t taken and interests were growing. We incorporated each official in their respective job area; however I don’t feel peaceful,” he declared. 
Guanacaste Province

The mayor is committed to planning, for which reason the municipality contracted a consulting agency to “put the institution in order in its entirety, modernizing it, eliminating the dual functions of some municipal employees and achieving objectives,” he indicated. 

“My aspiration is that by 2014 we’re in the middle of the municipal ranking and in position 25 by 2015,” he assured. 

For his part, Carlos Medina, councilmember from PAC, thinks that “things aren’t being done well and they owe it to the Canton of Nicoya.”

“I feel that not enough resources are being collected in the Maritime Land Zone. We still don’t have a sanitary landfill. We have to take the waste to Santa Cruz. We don’t have a dignified cemetery either,” he explained. 

Medina issued a call to the municipal administration to “call the council members to dialogue about it,” since according to him “willingness exists.” 

The category in which the municipality had the best performance was in management of economic services, in which it ranked 39th nationally. However the municipality falls short in planning, citizen participation and rendering accounts (64th) and in management of social services (69th). (See 2011 Municipal Management charts)

According to the published report, the Controller recommends that the government leaders and other municipal officials perform an exhaustive analysis using the IGM results as a reference, along with all information considered pertinent and complimentary, and that they establish permanent and systematic review processes for the different management areas and take corrective actions that allow them to advance toward integral improvement in the five categories that make up the IGM. 


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