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Mayors Association demands meeting with Rosselló to discuss CRIM law amendment

By on February 2, 2017

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Mayors Association (AAPR) President Rolando Ortiz Velázquez requested an urgent meeting with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to discuss the impact of Senate Bill 21 on Puerto Rico’s municipal operations.

Mayors Association President Rolando Ortiz Vélez (Agustín Criollo Oquendo/CB)

Mayors Association President Rolando Ortiz Vélez has been emphatic in his opposition to S.B. 21, which he claims attempts against municipal autonomy. (Agustín Criollo Oquendo/CB)

The Cayey mayor said in a written statement that the bill, which aims to change the Municipal Revenue Collections Center (CRIM) board members, is “a threat against the precepts of municipal autonomy in clear disregard to majority representation and basic services to the citizens that live in the 78 municipalities.”

Ortiz Velázquez denounced that if Rosselló wants to fulfill his campaign promise to deliver steady economic recovery, “he must listen to objection from the majority of mayors who fear that transforming this bill into law will squander municipalities’ stability, and endanger essential services for civilians. We will sit down to analyze the legislation conscientiously and look for an understanding that is beneficial for municipalities and thus, the country as a whole.”

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Association leaders have been public about their opposition to SB 21, currently awaiting the governor’s signature, deeming it “absurd and dangerous because it immediately changes the formula to select CRIM board members, and puts the central government in control of CRIM operations to arbitrarily manage municipal revenue.” The organization also condemned that the bill was approved in the Legislature without public hearings.

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