Ebrard requests US$1.04bn budget, prioritizes infrastructure

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mexico's federal district (DF) mayor Marcelo Ebrard has asked congress for a 14bn-peso (US$1.04bn) budget for 2012, the majority of which is to be spent on infrastructure projects.

Some 8.9bn pesos is required to complete existing projects such as the construction of the city's metro line 12 and major drainage works, Ebrard told members of the congressional budget committee.

The city also needs around 1bn pesos for the closure of the Bordo Poniente landfill, scheduled to shut down by the end of this year.

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Ebrard has complained about the initial budget proposed for the city by the federal government, which is some 13bn pesos less than was authorized for 2011.

"The current budget is unfair given that Mexico City generates the majority of the country's GDP," the mayor said.

Next year's infrastructure budget is 1.25bn pesos less than this year's spending, while the highway budget is 50% less, budget committee head Alfonso Navarrete said in a release.