CABS finances are (still) debated in Abbeville

Angelo Tonolli and Claude Jacob spoke to President Pascal Demarthe.
Angelo Tonolli and Claude Jacob spoke to President Pascal Demarthe. (© The Abbeville Diary)

Like a family that has taken out too many loans and can no longer make ends meet, CABS (Baie de Somme Urban Community) will have to save money to get out of the blush of their financial situation.

But what expenses will elected officials have to “cut”? This is the question that sparked lively discussions during this community council where the tension increased in intensity this Tuesday, April 5th.

In preparation for the 2022 financial year, the executive participated in the traditional exercise of the debate on the budget orientation. A DOB on which the complicated finances of the community hovered and weighed. After a severe alert last year and the danger of being placed under guardianship, Stéphane Haussoulier, 1st Vice President in charge of Finance, has painted a picture that remains worrying.

If we are to start seeing the end of the tunnel, we need to look at our operating expenses and cut our payroll in particular.

Stephane Haussoulier

“The situation remains extremely tense. 2022 will be marked by the revision of our statutes. We fail to stabilize the debt, we should find € 1.8 million in savings on investments. If you have ideas for saving, we are all ears. If we are to start seeing the end of the tunnel, we need to look at our operating expenses and cut our payroll in particular. “

Stéphane Haussoulier concludes “in 2022 we will have to remain united and look at how to best exercise our skills. “

CABS president Pascal Demarthe for his part recalled: “the conference of mayors will soon be seized to write the territorial project and the reorientations to straighten the community. Each skill will be examined to discover possible sources of savings. “

CABS Director General of Services Frédéric Repusseau then shed light on the debates by outlining the future exercise with figures that summarize the situation of the community. “Personnel accounts for 50% of operating expenses. CABS received an exceptional income of € 546,000 following the conviction of the former treasurer. Debt has doubled in 5 years and of the 16 million in investment expenses, 4 million (debt repayment) is sucked into debt. “

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Another skill that plagues CABS accounts is waste collection, as Frédéric Repusseau explains: “In 5 years, the last four years have been in deficit with a negative balance this year of 410,000 euros. “

Once the picture of the situation was outlined, discussions began. The first fuse was lit by Angelo Tonolli: “The financial prospects are very bad. It is very worrying for the future ”who addressed Pascal Demarthe.

At this rate, we will end up under guardianship and you will be solely responsible.

Angelo Tonolli

“This shows your inability to turn around. At this rate, we will end up under guardianship and you will be solely responsible. You seem more willing to cut down on staff. In a deteriorated social climate, you continue to place the responsibility for our poor financial health on their shoulders. Civil servants are no longer perceived as costs that can be reduced. “

Angelo Tonolli to propose to save: «Look at the allowances of the elect and above all start with yours. By reducing the indemnity by 30%, you would save more than € 100,000.00 every year. “

Is that reasonable enough?

Claudio Giacobbe

As a spokesperson for most of the rural mayors, Erondelle Mayor Claude Jacob asked the question: “Is it really reasonable? For a year and a half, the Court of Auditors has warned us that we are about to be placed under protection and that we must save. And I find with concern that the main lines are still there. In short, we ask ourselves … “

Claude Jacob continues: “I also wonder about the Transportation expertise with the Baag who don’t go to our rural communes. Is it a legal skill? We can do it where it comes from … For me there is discrimination. When we see the Baag in the house, we will have really integrated agglo com. “

Developing transportation at the CABS level would be a money pit. It will then be necessary to put the ticket at € 10.

Frederic RepusseauCABS Services General Manager

The Director General of CABS Services replied to Claude Jacob: “We cannot reduce the competence of mobility to urban transport. Developing transportation at the CABS level would be a money pit. It will then be necessary to put the ticket at € 10. “

Hallencourt Mayor Frédéric Delohen said he was worried about the future of certain skills: “Don’t give back skills to the municipalities if we have nothing behind to hire them. Because in turn we risk being placed under guardianship … “

Angelo Tonolli did not appreciate Pascal Demarthe’s lesson

As the budget stance debate drew to a close, the tone quickly rose between Angelo Tonolli and Pascal Demarthe. Returning to the accusation addressing the president of CABS, the municipal councilor of Abbevillois wanted an answer to his question a few minutes earlier: “Last year we went straight to disaster. One year later, the situation is still just as bad and we don’t have to worry… Can’t investments be frozen? “
Very annoyed by this new intervention, Pascal Demarthe raised his voice: “They are dogmatic statements. You have misunderstood the work done for more than a year to prepare the future of CABS. It is not enough to make enchanting demonstrations to convince the assembly. I’m sending you back to your networks. You are inconsistent, perhaps it is a mistake of youth! “
Frédéric Delohen leaves the meeting
Annoyed, Angelo Tonolli threw himself at the former teacher: “I have no lesson to receive, Professor! »Pascal Demarthe hit the spot by wearing the teacher’s blouse:« yes, it takes a lesson to explain to you how CABS is advancing in the recovery of the community with a job that will last 5 years. “
Exchanges that will have overcome Frédéric Delohen’s patience, preferring to leave the room letting go “it doesn’t make sense, it’s like being in school. “

In response to the interventions, Pascal Demarthe wanted to be reassuring: “I don’t have the ambition to bring you to borrow so much money but we are obliged to work with a budget that includes all the skills. And we will not wait for the beginning of the school year to write the territorial project. It is not I who will give powers to the municipalities but to the conference of mayors. We are on a transition budget. “

While some elected officials said they were still concerned about the future, the executive will meet on Tuesday April 12 in Garôpole for the vote on the urban community budget.

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