ABRE Tu Municipio is the main tool in Puerto Rico to evaluate the finances of all municipalities. The tool was developed by ABRE Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization that works on transparency issues on the Island. The organization assigns a grade to each municipality, which indicates how healthy the finances are in the municipality. You can go to the map or put the name of your municipality to know the grade and explore its financial data.
For the sixth year, ABRE Puerto Rico launches the fiscal health index of municipalities of Puerto Rico. The index uses thirteen (13) indicators with information derived from the audited financial statements. During our last publication in November 2019, six (6) municipalities failed to deliver their statements on time, and thus were not part of the index. This year, seven (7) municipalities did not submit the information and are not part of this edition, which is very unfortunate for residents of these towns who will not be able to assess the state of the finances of their municipality..
One would expect more fiscal discipline from these municipalities due to the new fiscal reality at the Commonwealth. Let’s look at what the data says:
- 45% had an excess of expenses on their general fund (deficit)
- 27% of municipalities decreased their net assets during 201
- 17% of municipalities decreased their general fund balance
- 37 of municipalities have a negative fund balance
- 41 of municipalities receive more than 40% of their general fund from the central government
The fiscal health index should be a tool for the citizen to evaluate the finances of his municipality and the performance of his mayor. We hope that our index creates awareness, both in citizens and in the state government, and that, at some point, it can serve as a deterrent for the mismanagement of municipal finances.
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