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The opposition socialist group of Torrevieja have once again brought to question some of the factures authorised for payment by the councillor for finance, Joaquín Albaladejo, in reference to th annual musical event in the city, the Habaneras.

It has first been pointed out by Javier Manzanares, of the PSOE, that some of these invoices have been paid within 3 days of being presented, an event almost unprecedented within a town hall, and that some of the figures appear to be “inflated”.

One example questioned is a return airfare ticket from Bilboa, in the north of Spain, to Alicante, for the head of the San Sebastian choir. The facture is to the value of 655 euro, whereas Manzanares claims the budget allocated for the trip was just 241 euro. Although the date is clearly different, a quick search reveals flights now for no more than little over 400 euro. The renting of a piano cost 762 euro, when a quote for the same type of piano from the same company was 470 euro.

Although Manzanares says that these figures might be “small amounts”, they indicate the symptomatic lack of control and management of budgets and procurement in Torrevieja, which has been present for years, the principal question being why does everything cost the Torrevieja tax payer more for this sort of event. The return value of the million euro expense faced by this event is also brought to questions, as Manzanares says that these examples are just a couple of many and testify that the same event could be organised “for a lot less money”.

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