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Baja municipalities in financial crisis: mayors

All five are facing financial woes, according to the mayors, who have just taken office

When new mayors take office they frequently find fault with the financial situation left by the previous administration. That’s the case in the five municipalities in Baja California but in two of those both new mayors and old were from the same party.


The mayor of Mexicali, the second largest municipality in the state in terms of population, told the newspaper Reforma that finances were in “critical and serious” condition, and that the bank accounts were all but empty.

The municipality’s debt totals 1.9 billion pesos (almost US $94 million), while various other liabilities add up to another 773 million.

Mexicali also owes 582 million pesos to the state employees’ social security institute (Issstecali).

“The bank has checks totaling 2 million pesos for which there are no funds; [the previous administration] left us penniless,” said Gustavo Sánchez.

A similar situation exists in Ensenada, a municipality that covers close to three-quarters of the state’s territory.

Mayor Marco Antonio Novelo described Ensenada’s finances as “collapsed.” Having just taken office this month, his administration owes 5 million pesos ($247,000) in salaries to the police department.


The municipal administration has a debt of 695 million pesos and owes 585 million to Issstecali, plus 1.7 billion in assorted liabilities.

The municipality of Tijuana, with the largest population in the state, doesn’t have enough funds to pay this month’s salaries and year-end bonuses to its staff.

“There’s no money . . . the last treasurer lied to us . . . they left us 24 million pesos but reported they were leaving more than 100 million. And what is left is already allocated,” said Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum.

“This is a distressing situation; municipal staff have agreed to be paid only in part, but in the end we’ll have to pay them what is owed, we’re only waiting for a credit to be approved,” added the mayor.

The mayors of the municipalities of Tecate and Playas de Rosarito have reported similar circumstances.

In Ensenada and Tecate the mayors belong to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), as did their predecessors.

In Mexicali, Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito, outgoing PRI mayors were replaced by members of the National Action Party (PAN).

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • kallen

    Kind of funny actually…..I mean, were the incoming mayors actually surprised?

  • K. Chris C.

    The General Axiom of Government #1: “Government is nothing more than a criminal syndicate of violence and theft. All statements otherwise are lies.”

    The General Axiom of Government #2: “Being nothing more than a criminal syndicate, government can only produce 4 things: poverty, misery, death, and lies. All statements otherwise are lies.”

    The General Axiom of Government #3: “Being nothing but a criminal syndicate, government always accomplishes the opposite of the stated goal, as the stated goal is always a lie.”

    The Universal Government Axiom: All government actions and laws are solely for the purpose of stealing additional wealth and/or power–a means to steal more wealth in the future–from the people.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Geoffrey Rogg

    As long as outgoing municipal administrations are subject to immunity from subsequent prosecution for malfeasance during their prior administration the bank accounts will be emptied and the most important files and records made to “disappear”, and this is tolerated; by who? By the politicians stupid, what a silly question!

  • Pesobill

    Yep , the death spiral of Mexihole continues !!