Bucharest City Hall to cut spending by RON 600 million, hitting infrastructure projects, schools, transport, parks, and more

Anca Alexe 21/06/2019 | 14:11

The Bucharest City Hall (PMB) will discuss next week a revision proposal for the 2019 budget, which will lead to cuts of over RON 600 million (EUR 127 million) across all types of public projects, including building or upgrading schools, hospitals, and infrastructure.

The draft decision says that the main reason for the cut is lower revenue caused by the government’s decision to allocate a smaller share of the income tax to local administrations. Recently, mayor Gabriela Firea said that the capital city was on the brink of bankruptcy due to the government’s actions.

Among the biggest cuts will be those made to subsidies for heating (RON 300 million) and transport (RON 53 million), as well as to the culture, recreation and religion budget (RON 90 million) .

The project is on the agenda for the June 26 meeting and includes the following major budget cuts:

  • Staff spending: -RON 20 million
  • Education: -RON 35 million
  • Parks administration: -RON 33 million
  • Streets Administration: -RON 10 million
  • Local Police: -RON 3.45 million
  • Housing and local development: -RON 87 million
  • Bike lanes project in city centre to lose RON 7 million out of the initial 8 million
  • Millions in cuts to all big infrastructure projects
  • Hospitals Administration: +RON 51.5 million, but some hospitals will suffer budget cuts
  • All 11 theatres, art houses, cultural centres in Bucharest to lose between RON 300,000 and 500,000
  • Public lighting: -RON 20 million
  • Environmental protection: -RON 20 million
  • Bucharest Sports Club: -RON 11.5 million
  • Metropolitan Library: -RON 1.78 million
  • Advertising spending: -RON 2.5 million
  • Lumina Cultural Centre: -RON 2.2 million
  • ARCUB: -RON 5 million
  • CREART: -RON 11.5 million
  • Landscape architecture agency: -RON 1 million
  • Population records agency: -RON 1.83 million
  • Animal Supervision Authority: -RON 2.5 million
  • Monuments and Touristic Patrimony Administration: -RON 13.8 million
  • Consolidation of buildings with seismic risks: -RON 16.2 million.
  • Churches: -RON 5.1 million
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