On Thursday the council will deal with the budget and the question of whether a budget item should be set up for the financially ailing music school. BfB and SPD have proposed 80,000 euros. If that doesn’t happen annually, they don’t want to give their approval to the budget. The explosiveness of the situation is likely to be confirmed by a letter from the Cologne district government, which is available to the editors.
10 million funding nationwide
In it, Thomas Kinzel, the head of the music school, holds the tempting sum of 2.9 million euros a year nationwide, which the country will even increase to ten million euros by the coming year as a “music school offensive”. However, there is only a financial blessing if the music schools, according to Jochen Link from the district government, “have a municipal or some other legal form. Music schools of the last-mentioned group take on the representation of a certain catchment area, whereby in return they have to receive considerable municipal funding. “
That was also a reason why the SPD and BfB are now demanding annual grants from the city budget. The administration’s idea of demanding rent from the music school and then not claiming it, but spending it as part of the communal funding, received criticism.
Economic plan for the district government
Anke Wischer from the music school board rated this as a “sleight of hand.” In fact, the district government is very critical of Burscheid and makes no secret of its skepticism as to whether the music school association “meets the criteria of a public music school and thus for state funding institution entitled to apply. “Thomas Kinzel does not have much time to submit an economic plan for 2021 to the district government by Monday, March 1st, which will make it possible to assess the status of state funding.
Money for another job
The district government promises that there would probably be an additional 27,000 euros to set up a post subject to social insurance as well as 8,000 euros from funding based on student occupancy figures. “The music school could therefore expect an annual state funding of around 35,000 euros in the future,” writes the district government.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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