Impossible to maintain an aquarium with a 33-peso ticket and daily expenses of more than 200 thousand pesos; Rojas Zepeda
Faced with a lawsuit that requires the aquarium to charge 33 pesos per person, Rojas Zepeda explained that in a hypothetical scenario in which the city council offers to pay the missing money, citizens would be subsidizing tourists since it would be paid with the taxes of the Mazatlecos
Mazatlán, Sinaloa.- The director of the Mazatlán Aquarium, Pablo Gerardo Rojas Zepeda, corroborated that the complaint filed in 2019 by the legal firm ‘Álvarez y Asociados’ is still standing, however because the paramunicipal survives with what who wins, it is impossible for him to operate at a cost of 33 pesos per person.
Rojas Zepeda explained in an exclusive interview to Reacción Informativa that in just one area, such as the exhibition of sea lions, more than 200 thousand pesos are spent daily, not counting the rest of the maintenance of other species, which in the case of the birds are more than a thousand pesos a day only in food.
“They want us to charge 33 pesos, do me a favor (…) in the first place with 33 pesos it is impossible to maintain it, impossible, not even the payroll comes out, much less in food and care or anything,” he said.
In addition to the problem that would result in maintaining each of the departments and paying salaries, Rojas Zepeda explained that in a hypothetical scenario in which the city council offers to pay the missing money, citizens would be subsidizing tourists since it would be paid with the taxes of the Mazatlecos.
“If the municipality says ‘well, I’m going to put the rest’ here comes the incongruous thing because the municipality is going to extract tax resources from the citizens of here in Mazatlán, to subsidize who, the tourists?” He commented.
“Now we Mazatlecos are going to pay taxes to maintain the aquarium so that tourists come to pay 33 pesos, it is absurd. We are litigating it because the only thing they want is that the aquarium closes its doors due to dark interests, “he added.
Rojas Zepeda clarified that the paramunicipal does not receive support from any institution or from the Mazatlán city hall, so they only stay with what the aquarium itself earns.
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