“Tightly knitted” and with difficult prospects

Pay back loans? that can drag on. For example, the district took out a long-term loan for the general renovation of the district office at the end of the 1980s, which is still being repaid to this day. In the meantime, hands have to be made again at the district office, for example for a new heating system, which alone will cost 380,000 euros. This time it goes without a loan: District treasurer Toni Orth can also manage the budget for 2021 without having to borrow money. On the contrary: A good 1.1 million of the 11.1 million euros in debt will be reduced again. Which is why the debt level will be just under ten million euros at the end of this year.

However, this good news is clouded by the future: It could have been the last household without new debts for the time being. Since this year’s figures are “extremely tightly knitted” according to District Administrator Tamara Bischof, there are many indications that from next year? not least because of the corona effects? will no longer work without new borrowing.

The 21st budget, which was traditionally presented to the mayors at a service meeting, is just above the previous year’s level with a total volume of 105.9 million euros. Of this, 92.9 million euros are allocated to the administrative budget and 12.9 million euros to the property budget. The most important source of income is the district levy, i.e. money that the cities and municipalities pay to the district because the district itself has no tax revenue. The district levy is based on a certain point system. This had reached a low of 39 points in 2019, which was also impressive throughout Bavaria. Last year there was an increase to 39.5 points, which gave the district 45.2 million euros.

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Less income ?? despite the increase

For this year the rate has increased to 41 points. Behind each point there is around one million euros, which can change annually depending on economic development. And so this time there is an effect that clearly shows how things are getting worse: Although the district increases the assessment rate by 1.5 percent, the income is less in the end and is only 43.7 million. That means: The district has 1.5 million euros less available here. In addition to the 43.7 million euros from cities and municipalities, the second most important item on the income side is the key allocations of 15.9 million euros.

21.5 million go to the district

However, the district passes on a large part of the income directly to the district, this time it is 21.5 million euros. This is followed on the expenditure side by personnel costs of 17.7 million euros, grants for schools of 8.4 million euros and expenditure on youth welfare of 6.4 million euros. 3.3 million euros are available for the promotion of local public transport.

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As district treasurer Toni Orth also explained to the mayors, a total of 11.1 million euros are available for investments in the new district budget. There is no further leeway. Of the 11.1 million euros, a four million installment goes away for the general renovation of the Kitzingen vocational school, one million is set aside for the renovation of Schwanbergstrasse and 1.1 million for the expansion of a section of the KT 49 to Holzberndorf. Almost 620,000 euros are planned for renovation measures in the district office, including a heating system for 380,000 euros alone.

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District levy increases to 42 percent

The district treasurer prepared the mayor for a further increase in the district levy. For the years 2022 to 2024, it amounts to a further increase to 42 points. You are facing difficult years? which is why, in the end, new debts must also be considered. A demand made by several mayors who otherwise agreed with the figures all in all. In the end, getting into debt could go faster than expected, regardless of the economic situation, with the renovation of the Kitzinger Land clinic and the expansion of Schwanbergstrasse, thick boards have to be drilled in the long term.

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