Nîmes Métropole wants to reap the fruits of its management for its 2024 supplementary budget

Nîmes Métropole wants to reap the fruits of its management for its 2024 supplementary budget

Le conseil communautaire de Nîmes Métropole a parlé chiffres. Midi Libre – Archive M. ANISSET

Mercredi 26 juin, lors du conseil communautaire, les élus de Nîmes Métropole ont évoqué le compte administratif et le budget supplémentaire 2024.

This Wednesday, June 26, at the end of the day, for three hours, the community council of Nîmes Métropole took out the calculators with numerous deliberations on the management accounts, on seventeen funds of assistance granted to municipalities to support their projects. The administrative account and the supplementary budget for 2024 were also discussed.

Agglomeration services noted a slowdown in inflation, of around 2.5%. Interest rates remain very high since new loans are estimated at 4.5% financial costs.

Debt stabilized

President Franck Proust and his teams were keen to implement a policy of rigor and refocusing on essential skills (transport, economic development, protection of property and people, collection and treatment of household waste). The idea is to limit borrowing with a stabilization of debt. In 2023, operating expenses grew at a lower rate than revenues.

The Agglo was able to create more room for maneuver. In 2024, the rate of growth in VAT is there but at a lower rate. For the supplementary budget, gross savings stand at 54.3 million euros. 11 M€ exceptional items impact the gross margin on an occasional basis. Investment projects for this year amount to 100 million euros. Debt stabilizes in 2024 at 494 million euros.

L’Agglo relies on a dynamic of tax revenues (14.5 M€) linked to inflation, on the improvement of the transport service which has enabled the increase in the mobility payment rate. "The tax rate remains stable since 2021", we indicate to the & rsquo;community hotel.

For the supplementary budget, operating revenue stands at €275.5 million. In 2024, exceptional revenues of €9.3 million; come to improve the situation. Nîmes Métropole can rely on a greater dynamic of the CFE (Company Land Contribution).

Exceptional products

With regard to exceptional products, the Agglo is counting on state revenues due between 2015 and 2020 (4.8 M€), linked to the public service delegation of the airport by Edeis, and relies on conciliation. Clearly, the delegatee would have unduly received revenue for the occupations of the airport property.

Nîmes Métropole also relies on a dispute at 7 M€ with the transport delegate Transdev (until June 30) which concerns a difference in the estimate of the cost of the network put in place in September 2022. Pending a decision, the Agglo has set aside a median sum of 5 million euros. on the 2023 administrative account which is canceled and returns as exceptional income for 2024.

For the operating expenses part, the amount amounts to a little more than 210 M€ in the 2024 supplementary budget with financial costs which impact new borrowing, without forgetting recruitment for vacant positions or the waste action plan.

In 2024, the Agglo is investing in several sectors: the protection of property and people to the tune of 32 million euros; (22 M€ for Papi III), economic development and regional planning (20.6 M€) and nearly 9 M€ to support community projects.

Prudence and vigilance in the ranks of the assembly

Group representatives gave their point of view on the financial situation of the Agglo. Eddy Valadier (Together for Nîmes Métropole) welcomed the good momentum in terms of real revenues, the future reduction in the household waste collection tax thanks to new collections, investments and sorting efforts by citizens. But he keeps an eye on debt reduction and believes that we must remain cautious. Rémi Nicolas (Interest and community spirit) went on the same ground: "We need the greatest vigilance to move as far away as possible from the critical threshold of 12 years of debt reduction capacity&quot ;. 

On the RN side, Laurence Gardet was satisfied with the reduction in personnel costs and the reduction in debt but asked for security in transport. On the left, Vincent Bouget regretted, in the transport sector, the fact that there is less investment in park and ride and cycle paths.

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