Dispute over future taxes in coburg

dispute over future taxes in coburg

The 2013 city budget is passed — against the votes of the csu and young coburgers. The city must submit a financial plan for the next few years with its budget. This includes an increase in the business and property tax rates for 2015. But not decided, as oberburg mayor norbert kastner (spd) noted. At present, the trade tax rate is 275 percent — a very low rate, but it is planned to rise to 300 percent in 2015.

Thomas nowak (spd) reminded the meeting that the city had already planned tax increases for 2012 and 2013 in earlier financial plans. But that didn’t happen — and anyway, "i feel like i’ve been set back a year, criticized nowak. At that time, the csu had also rejected the budget, among other things with the argument that the savings would not go far enough. Csu group chairman hans-herbert hartan said the same thing at the meeting on thursday — and promptly received the same answer as last year: then the csu should also please say where it wants to make savings.

For hartan, savings proposals are a matter for the lord mayor and the administration ("make savings and real structural reform your chief concern"). "I don’t know of a single csu proposal that had saved anything", replied kastner.

Wolfgang weib as the only green yesterday also voted against the budget, but because of the shortcuts in the social sector, because of the lack of investment in climate protection and because 540,000 euros are earmarked for the project company traffic landing field. This project company is preparing a zoning procedure for a new airfield near neida/wiesenfeld.

Other city councilors, in their usual manner, put on record their opposition to parts of the budget, only to vote for the whole: monika ufken, monika stolba (both spd) and klaus klumpers (odp) also spoke out against the traffic landing strip. Ulrich herbert, on behalf of the fdp, announced that he is against borrowing (15 million euros are planned) and against an increase in the business tax in 2015.
Mayor norbert kastner combined the budget discussion with a loud lament about the state’s financial behavior. Statistically, coburg has a high level of tax revenue, but it also has to bear unusual burdens, such as four grammar schools and the state theater. However, this is not taken into account when it comes to requesting funds for school buildings or urban redevelopment. On the one hand, the government of upper franconia threatens not to approve the budget because it is in deficit; on the other hand, it refuses to provide subsidies on the grounds that coburg is too rich. "Sometimes you get the feeling that you are being punished for having a sound financial policy", said kastner. Incidentally, this is also the argumentation of the csu-led state government when it comes to state fiscal equalization. Against this background, klaus klumpers had demanded that the city reduce its liquid assets of around 70 million euros more quickly and not take out any loans.

However, the financial reserves should have melted down to around ten million euros by 2015. City chamberman wilhelm austen assumes that the city will have to pay back a large amount of business taxes. Appropriate provisions have been made for this purpose, because it is uncertain when the repayments will become due.

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