Cabecista contract for video surveillance in Tamaulipas is overturned; 442 million pesos will be saved

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The Congress of Tamaulipas terminated the agreement with the company contracted during the state PAN government a year earlier

With 21 votes in favor and 11 against, deputies of the Congress of Tamaulipas approve the modification to article 50 of the State Expenditure Budget for the fiscal year 2024, due to early termination of the Public-Private Partnership contract for the video surveillance service with the company Tres-10, S.A. de C.V.

This measure represents a saving of 442 million pesos with the new contract, said Deputy Isidro Vargas Fernández, president of the Finance, Planning, Budget and Public Debt Commission of the Congress of Tamaulipas, noting that it was harmful to pay 67 million pesos per month for video surveillance.

“We urge the Comptroller’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation and if it determines corrupt conduct, to punish it with the full weight of the law and to take it to the last resort, because this type of contract is detrimental to the state’s public coffers and we hope that there will be no more contracts of this type,” he added.
It should be noted that the administration of the former governor, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, directly awarded the Tamaulipas Big Brother service to said company for an amount of 4 thousand 58 million pesos.

The contract for the “Public Security Network Service for the State of Tamaulipas” contemplated the provision of services for the availability of monitoring equipment and state link for urban video surveillance, road vehicle identification and other related infrastructure, as well as the design, construction, adaptation, equipment and preventive and corrective maintenance of the respective infrastructure.

As a result of the signing of the Public Private Partnership Contract (PPP) CAPP-TAM-SGG-1901, two trusts were established.

The aforementioned Contract was terminated early and its settlement paid, so the payment obligation has been extinguished.

Consequently, it is essential to redirect the affected resources in order to cover the service that was provided, allocating the resources to an object directly linked to public safety.

New contract…

In today’s session, Deputy Magaly Deandar, member of the Finance, Planning, Budget and Public Debt Commission of the Congress of Tamaulipas, read the initiative sent by the Governor Américo Villarreal Anaya said that the Tamaulipas government will save 442 million pesos with the new contract.

For his part, the president of the Finance Commission in the Congress of Tamaulipas, Isidro Vargas Fernández, said that it was a harmful contract because it committed resources until 2025, that is, committing until the six-year term of Governor Américo Villarreal Anaya.

He explained that 67 million pesos were paid monthly for video surveillance and security. “Paying 67 million pesos monthly is a high cost, and there are not cameras in all the municipalities of the state.”

He pointed out that the contract was already cancelled by the State government, although it had two years left, the validity was for 6 years, equivalent to 2,192 days, with an expiration date of December 27, 2025.

“Today it was approved to remove that label in the Expenditure Budget and the savings will be channeled to the security area, but not to trusts or to that company,” he explained.
He also highlighted that they have asked the government Comptroller’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of the consequences.

He clarified that: “In every Public Private Association, the concession contracts that were given in the previous administration must be thoroughly analyzed.”

Source: milenio