Budget for New Year’s Celebrations Slashed

The mobile telephone giant Deutsche Telekom formally welcomed newly-acquired T-Mobile customers to its network with a ‘live’ concert – featuring a holographic Maria Carey in mid-November.

It’s the only star presence likely to be seen in Krakow’s market square this winter – as the city council has announced that spending cuts mean the traditional New Year’s Eve concert will go ahead, but with a massively reduced budget that will not include cash for live acts. Usually, the city spends almost 2 million złoty on the event; this year, only 150,000 zł is available.

Axing the Sylwester concert is just one of a raft of thrifty measures announced by city mayor Jacek Majchrowski, in the 2012 budget. He warned that the coming 12 months were likely to be financially lean, but said that a package including increased property taxes, costlier public transport tickets, and cuts to ‘non-essential’ work – including road repairs – could bring in an extra 38 million zł this year.

Prominent among the projects due to be shelved are work on a long-awaited access road in Czyżyny, and modernisation work at Wawel Hill. Street repairs are urgently needed in Krowodrza, and a new sports stadium in Podgórze – currently lacking a roof – is likely to remain unfinished. Spending on education and culture is also to be cut.

However, as an independent politician, Mr Majchrowski faces opposition from party-aligned councillors, who have warned that he is on ‘thin ice.’ They have warned that Krakow’s budget deficit next year could be as high as 142 million zł.

Councillors from Civic Platform (PO) have urged the mayor to consider their own suggestions, to help keep the city’s finances under control.

These include tax reforms, merging purchases made by city departments to take advantage of bulk deals, cutting the number of civil servants working for the council, and halting free travel for the families of public transport body MPK’s employees. PO believes its own suggested measures could bring in up to 300 million zł – but admitted that a 20 per cent margin of error must be built in to this figure.

Mr Majchrowski said that he had been instructed by councillors to follow the example of other cities in setting the budget. But, he added, other cities had bigger problems, and could not pay their bills. He is reported in Gazeta Wyborcza as saying: “Reforms are necessary, but plans must be based on accurate calculations.”

Overall Krakow’s budget for 2012 is just over 3.5 billion zł – the highest ever.

3 thoughts on “Budget for New Year’s Celebrations Slashed

  • Avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 7:02 am
    Permalink

    Hey there exceptional website! Does running a bblog like this
    requie a large amount of work? I’ve virtually no
    knoowledge of programming however I was hoping too start my oown blog soon. Anyways, if you have any ideas
    or tips for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic but I juat had to ask.
    Manyy thanks!

    My web page – buyy meratol india (Morris)

    Reply
  • Avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm
    Permalink

    The reason is because they allow you to relax more.

    A snorer often keeps the other partner from a good night’s sleep, which may eventually result in sleeping in separate bedrooms.
    Snoring vibrations typically come from the soft palate, which is aggravated by having a small
    jaw and the tongue falling back.

    Reply
  • Avatar
    September 21, 2014 at 3:48 am
    Permalink

    You can hit operation to much than 3 grand tv set devotion from usa
    the experience. Well, not only does it keep the
    kids engaged, it also has a severe impact in their linguistics.
    The different types of Barbie cooking games enhance the role playing abilities of little girls
    who involve in these productive games. I
    like Reef’s products because they’re pretty comfortable
    sandals, and very durable as well. Baby naming is a an interesting task accomplished by parent with keen research and
    search, cute baby names have cute meaning too or cute things around can be a cute baby name too.

    Feel free to visit my web-site :: cute and funny friendship quotes true friendship

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *