The mayor of Timisoara, Dominic Fritz (USR), claims, in a post on his Facebook page, that the austerity order of the Ciucă Government “has catastrophic consequences” for Timisoara, which is this year’s European Capital of Culture, but also for other cities. According to the ordinance, says Fritz, Timisoara must cut 36 million lei from “goods and services”.
“They started discussing the cutting of special pensions and ended up cutting the electricity in the street.
The Government’s Emergency Ordinance passed yesterday (Friday – no.) has catastrophic consequences for many cities, but especially for Timișoara, European Capital of Culture 2023.
Specifically, the Government requires us to cut 10% of the “goods and services” expenses already budgeted for 2023. For Timișoara, this means over 36 million lei.
Many think that goods and services mean pens and chairs for clerks. Nothing more fake. Goods and services mean the money for public lighting, for road repairs, for the financing of cultural projects, for the maintenance of green spaces or the bill for street cleaning.
In the midst of the cultural capital, we are forced not only to stop some of the cultural funding, but to cut the expenses that make visitors welcome to a clean and tidy city.
Cuts to all these public services will be felt much more than just 10%. Because almost half a year has already passed, the money has been spent at the budgeted level, so the “economy” of 10% of the annual budget must be made from the remaining amounts for the second half: that is, the real cuts are close to 20%.
How absurd is that in the context of over 15% inflation? How to give less money for roads and lighting if the bills have actually increased?
Of course, none of these “savings” will cover the hole in the state budget. In any case, we can only spend from our own income, that is, from local taxes and taxes and from the tax on the incomes earned by the people of Timisoara.
With this decision we saw a government either unconscious, or incompetent, or irresponsible, or all three. A government that thinks it is fooling the population with a miraculous solution that would cover the hole of 20 billion in the state budget, but all it does is throw local budgets into chaos,” wrote the mayor of Timisoara.
Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.
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