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Tulum mayor says his administration has found 150 non-working municipal workers on payroll

Tulum, Q.R. — Approximately 150 non-working employees have been found collecting salaries from the Tulum City Council payroll. Tulum’s new mayor, Marciano Dzul said the (approximate) 150 were found by administrative personnel during the first two weeks of the new administration.

Dzul stressed that after their discovery, payments were stopped. During the last payroll, which was October 15, no deposits were made to any of the 150 non-working salary collectors.

“The first information that we have is that there are approximately 150 people who were on the payroll, but never, I believe, had they presented themselves, so for this reason, payments that were made to them are no longer being made,” he said.

He added that the 150 were collecting salaries that ranged from 3,000 to 8,000 peso every two weeks, depending on the area in which they worked, “which represents a significant drain on municipal resources,” he added.

He did not say if the new city council would be moving forward with legal charges against those collecting the salaries.

Last week, new mayors in both Chetumal and Playa del Carmen also reported finding non-working workers on the city payroll. Chetumal mayor Yensunni Martínez Hernández said those located have already been dismissed and that possible legal proceedings could follow.

In the case of Playa del Carmen, mayor Lili Campos said that legal action will be taken against those involved after her administration found 34 million had been paid to these non-working city workers.