After getting a preliminary grasp on the financial mess he inherited upon taking office October 1, Chapala Mayor Moisés Anaya is beginning to implement belt-tightening measures.
For starters, he and the top level officials he appointed are sacrificing half of their monthly salaries until fresh revenue starts coming in next January. City council members elected with Anaya under the Movimiento Ciudadano banner have followed suit. The remaining four regidores serving as representatives of opposition parties have not offered to take a pay cut.
The new government is not filling jobs left open by around 400 temporary employees who were required by law to give up their posts, translating into approximate savings of one million pesos in monthly payroll expenditures.
This week, Anaya announced that his administration will give up the lease on privately owned office space in the north wing of the city hall building, which costs 65,000 pesos per month. He said government agencies that do not have regular public traffic will be relocated to a property on Calle Juárez that rents for just 15,000 pesos.