After failing to pass the budget statutes and the budget plan in december, the weisendorf municipal council dealt with the extensive set of figures in its first meeting of the new year. As the chairman of the meeting and second mayor karl-heinz hertlein (CSU) explained, the main, finance and culture committee had discussed in detail and taken note of the draft budget statutes and budget plan including annexes for the 2020 budget year. By eight votes to one, the council was recommended to approve the 2020 budget and the 2020 budget statutes.
As expected, the parliamentary group of alliance 90/the greens rejected the budget, including the financial and staffing plan, and christiane kolbet made a sweeping statement in which she did not mince words about the council’s past decisions. As in the past, kolbet criticized the fact that the renovation of the town center, which was started in 2012 at the instigation of grunen, is only progressing slowly and that not much has happened above the palace garden.
Among other things, the planned renovation of the bathing pond had been delayed at the request of the CSU for cost reasons and was now leading to considerable additional costs. The result will be a "carp bath", but no ecological taxation. "We should not forget that we have more important things to do before the kerwa and its planning", chided kolbet.
Kolbet takes too long
Weisendorf urgently needs a traffic turnaround, the word "climate protection" she had never heard in the committee, and the energy use plan, which was unanimously approved in 2016, had disappeared into the drawer, as had the playground and open space concept.
"The long wish list and experience show that in weisendorf you have to have a lot of patience to realize mabnahmen. The best example is the ball sports hall, where the community and the administration have been led by the nose and whose costs have almost doubled", was one of kolbet’s accusations.
As the second mayor explained, it has already been possible to continuously reduce the debt level since the 2007 budget year. Since february 2019, weisendorf has been debt-free, and no borrowing is planned for the 2020 budget year. Due to substantial investments, borrowing is not planned until the budget years 2021 to 2023, and repayment will begin in mid-2021. The planned transfer from the administrative to the property budget in the 2020 budget year is around 1.3 million euros and there is no expenditure for ordinary repayments.
"At the end of the 2019 budget year, the reserves amounted to around six million euros and will be reduced to just under 200,000 euros in this budget year.", announced hertlein. At the end of 2021, there is only the special "photovoltaic plant", but no ecological assessment.
In calculating the county levy for the year 2020, chamber member christina strunk took the letter from the state statistical office and the current levy rate of 47.25 percent as a basis. Due to the positive development of the apportionment power, the county apportionment will change from 3,548,891 euros (2019) to 3,412,714 euros (2020) with an unchanged apportionment rate. In the budget year 2018, the district levy amounted to 3 072 676 euros.
Investing with foresight
Essentially, the positive development is due to a thrifty and economical budget management, explained the second mayor. The foresighted decision of the municipal council in 1993 to develop the site of today’s "gerbersleithe" after an initial increase in the level of debt, the purchase of new buildings was the basis for the positive trend. In 2020, the income from this investment at the time will be received in the form of land sales, which could be used to finance various reductions in the property budget and contribute to ensuring the fulfillment of tasks. Also the decision of the market town council in 2019 on the acquisition of land in the areal "geisgrun" will demand this development in the long term.
"The goal for the future will be to continue the solid budgetary policy. Due to the investments planned for 2020 and the following years, the general reserve will be exhausted in 2021 and loans will be required from 2021 to 2023. Major investments are planned, especially in the areas of trenches and wastewater disposal. In the course of the preparation of the 2020 budget and appropriations, the planned decreases of the current financial planning period 2021 to 2023 should be critically considered, with the aim of avoiding or at least reducing the planned loans and generally reviewing the expenditure for urgency", hertlein concluded his presentation and asked for approval. The CSU, the free democratic party, the SPD and the BWG then also proposed this-. In addition, however, praise and thanks to the chamber and the reference to keep the personnel costs in the eye.