The Council of the Haute-Garonne Department is developing an ambitious six-year investment plan to reopen our businesses and local services.
Employment, education and proximity to public services… At the end of the health crisis, while the war in Ukraine is still shaking our economy, the council of the Haute-Garonne department wants to ensure the dynamism and attractiveness of a department that is certainly wealthy, but which suffers from strong differences between metropolis of Toulouse and rural areas.
The figure shows the measure of this ambition of President Georges Méric: in six years, the department will invest 1.5 billion euros in our economy in sectors as diverse as social housing, transport, digital technology, tourism and municipal assistance, with constant care. for an ecological transition. “We are mobilizing our public purchasing power in all our territories,” stresses Georges Merik. These significant investments represent so many job-creating places, especially in the construction and public works sectors.”
To ensure that this commitment primarily benefits the local economy, the Public Procurement Charter, adopted in 2017, allows support for Haute-Garonne businesses by facilitating VSE and SME access to public contracts. “In this way, 75% of the companies of the Haute-Garonne are attracted,” rejoices Georges Merik, “which allows for 3,500 direct and indirect jobs created or supported each year and 85,350 hours of integration per year to move the public less far from employment.
Education remains a top priority for the department
The share of these contracts covered by the charter has been increased to over 500 per year, chief among which is the construction of 22 colleges by 2027 due to the strong demographic growth of the department, which is home to 1.4 million people, including 16,900 new arrivals. . and another 1,000 secondary education students each year. That’s 66,000 secondary school students in the public sector by 2030.
“Education remains an absolute priority,” says Georges Merik, “but the departmental council has also made the preservation of the environment a central point of its political activity.” Faced with a climate emergency and skyrocketing energy prices, the community must invest in soft mobility, sustainable housing and water management. Along with investments in public transport, in particular the high-speed line (LGV), by 2025, 2,000 additional car-sharing spaces will be created and 10,000 low-rent housing units will be built.
The department has also initiated a plan to roll out fast and safe bike lanes (Réseaux Express Vélo) to connect peripheral municipalities to the gates of the metropolis. Not to mention digital support. By the end of the year, 278,000 homes in rural areas will be connected to fiber. The technology of the future, embodying the philosophy of the departmental council: justice for all and in all territories…
Key figures for a very social budget
The department’s total budget (investment and operations) is €1.805 billion, up 1.57% from 2021. Revenue consists primarily of premium transfer fees (DMTOs), which are taxation applied to real estate transactions. These rights increased significantly in 2021 (+15.5%) and should remain above 300 million (€m) in 2022. With the abolition of the property tax, which is now distributed to the municipalities instead of the housing tax, the departments receive in return a share of the VAT revenue collected at the national level. This is 424.9 million euros for the Haute-Garonne, while state subsidies this year amount to 222.78 million euros. Social expenses account for 51% of operating expenses or 923.65 million euros. The largest item is the protection of children (234.72 million euros). RSA benefits are valued at 235 million euros, up 5 million euros (+2.2%) for 37,300 recipients.