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By Christmas, municipalities will be the biggest losers in the new budget

Gergeli Karaxone, after consulting with representatives of the opposition factions, said the aim of the proposals is to keep local governments functioning, so that they can “stay afloat during this difficult period”.

The mayor said at a press conference in Budapest on Monday that the 2023 draft budget would place severe restrictions on local governments, which is why opposition factions in the National Assembly will present an amendment package.

Gergeli Karaxone, after consulting with representatives of the opposition factions, said the aim of the proposals is to keep local governments functioning, so that they can “stay afloat during this difficult period”.

He emphasized that the adoption of the proposals is a matter of life for the local government in the capital, but that it will provide important opportunities for all settlements.

The politician said: “It is certain that the municipalities are the losers in this submitted budget, as the government burdens us with austerity that we do not have the courage to implement.”

Details of the joint proposal package were provided by Erzsébet Gy. Németh (DK), Rebeka Szabó (Dialogue), and Zoltán Vajda (MSZP).

Erzsébet Gy said. Németh, Vice President of DK, said that it was proposed to return the level of the solidarity tax to the level of 2019, which cost Budapest 10 billion HUF. The government estimates it will collect $218 billion in solidarity tax next year. Instead of 36 billion forints this year, Budapest will have to pay 56 billion for next year, said the opposition politician, who said this situation is unsustainable.

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The former deputy mayor noted that the amount of the solidarity tax “can be safely taken from the ministry headed by Antal Rogan, and therefore local governments will not be bribed.”

Gy said. Németh Erzsébet That by removing local governments from the “upper circle”, that is, they would be entitled to non-shared services, they would significantly increase the amount that capital would have to spend on energy. Therefore, it is suggested that the energy produced by the waste incinerator in Budapest should not be withdrawn, but rather should be used for public lighting in the capital.

Rebecca Szabo spoke about the fact that the Orban government will not leave funds to municipalities for road renovations. Therefore, it is proposed to return the car tax to the municipalities, and to go to them at the rate of 25 percent of the excise tax on fuel.

He said that they are asking the government to provide six billion forints that promised to renovate the Chin Bridge in next year’s budget.

Zoltan Vajda, the Socialist Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Budgets, explained their proposal to finance public transport: in the capital, the important government and local government are halved, and it is possible to rent the BKK from the cafeteria, the capital. Has access to new vehicles and the VAT rate on BKK permits must be 0%.

In response to questions, Gergeli Karacsoni said that all individual representatives in Budapest had been invited to reconciliation, including Monica Dunay (Fidesz-KDNP), but she could not participate in it. He said he would start a trial with him.

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He stressed that the aim of the package was to enable Budapest to remain the engine of the Hungarian economy and to “vent” other local governments in the current emergency.

Asked about the congestion charge, the mayor said they would like to have a social discussion on the issue in September, but said that charging the congestion charge was not relevant in this situation and did not support it. He added that the introduction will also require a government partnership, but the government is ruling out any necessary legislative changes.

Also in response to a question, Gergeli Karacconi stated that the eighth. In addition to District X, other parts of the city are also affected by the lack of police, such as District X.

(MTI)