"Lack of official recognition and budget support to address the actions of the Management Plan of the Historic District," says the General Audit of the City of Buenos Aires (AGCBA, for its acronym in Spanish) in its report approved in 2016. The observation was shared by the General Directorate in charge of the Plan, in its defense.
The Watchdog noted "the importance of having budgetary allocations assigned for each of the programs that make up the plan, in order to ensure minimum annual execution of the projects and their continuity." It also highlights that "the revitalization and the enhancement of the area is a great challenge that demands meticulous work."
The Historic Area is a polygon delimited by Bartolomé Mitre, Ingeniero Huergo, Brasil, Paseo Colón, Martín García Avenue, Montes de Oca Avenue, Finochietto, Lima, Independencia Avenue, Combate de los Pozos and Riobamba. The audited Directorate aims to "formulate and implement policies aimed at revitalizing and repositioning this area of the City."
To this end, there is the Historic Area Management Plan whose purpose is "to protect the tangible and intangible heritage". To this end, a series of programs were developed, such as the enhancement of heritage buildings and support for residential development, the workshop school and the environmental improvement of the urban space.
Up to 2015, the Management's allocation to cover all of the Plan's projects was 42 people who, according to the Audit, "were highly qualified but insufficient."
The Historic School Workshop program was created to recover and maintain the valuable buildings and, in turn, encourages training in traditional trades. The training program lasts two years with a final degree conforming to the workshop chosen for each student. However, the analysis carried out by the AGCBA shows that "only attendance certificates and hourly workloads are granted, but without title." It is that the Directorate "did not obtain the approval of the project for the certification of courses and curricular design to give official status to the studies."
In the program of enhancement there is a line of Subsidies of the Metropolitan Fund for Culture, Arts and Sciences since 2004. When the maximum amount began was $ 80 thousand, in 2015 the maximum value was exactly the same. Also, since 1995, a line of Technical Advising for the Restoration of Facades has been operating "which is free for the residents of the Historic District."
Another of the observations made by the AGCBA team in the report, which evaluated the year 2015, is related to hiring. From the analysis of four agreements linked to the Historic District, for almost $ 182 thousand, it appears that "they were made under an exception modality." This situation, for the auditors, "represents a departure from the procedures foreseen in the procurement and contracting regime and evidences the lack of predictability in the management and execution of the expense.”
Under this modality, the lunch service was acquired for the Historic Area Contest at the School, liability insurance for the dramatized tour of artists and public through Avenida de Mayo, the printing of a banner and a book of the Management Plan of Historic helmet. All facts that are "planned and that allow the realization of their recruitment through ordinary administrative channels."