Znüni News – Friday May 25

The town of Root wants to reduce the tax rate from 1.95 to 1.75. In practice the tax rate today is already at 1.8, this is because Root approved a tax reduction for the years 2017 and 2018. However, these reductions won’t be allowed in the future, because of the new Finanzhaushaltsgesetzt which comes into effect in 2019 . The tax revenue of Root has been steadily rising since 2011 and shows an average of CHF 1.5 million for 2017. The growth can be traced back to a bigger number of inhabitants but also, to a greater extent, businesses. In particular the D4 Business Village. This won’t change any time soon because Suva and CSS are planning to invest in this location in the near future. There are even talks to go even lower to 1.7 in 2019 if everything goes as predicted.

The city of Lucerne invests less and less in its properties. Schools and other public buildings could be affected by these cost cuts. The parliament sounded the alarm, FDP and Grüne write in their motion that this development is unsettling. They think this lower effort in maintenance could lead to higher renovation costs in the end. “Man spart auf Kosten von später – They save money today at the cost of tomorrow.” says Korintha Bärtsch (Grüne). The budget went from 17 millions in 2012 down to 8 millions in 2017. For 2018 the budget plan asks for 12 millions, but whether the money will be spent is unclear. As in 2017 only 6 millions of the 8 millions in the budget really left the city coffers.


[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Saying of the day: Wer nid will, hed gha. – If you don’t take it now, don’t ask for it later. [/perfectpullquote]

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