Tag: local government
At least 70 cities and municipalities have already launched their participatory budgets. Their number will grow since they are drivers of popularity and the local elections are scheduled as early as this autumn. Therefore, once again - after a year - we are watching the implementation of the idea of the participatory budget. A review of Internet reports shows that the process of creating participatory budgets has been professionalised by city authorities.
Public-private partnership investment projects are still few and far between in Poland, and most tenders called for projects to be launched under this formula end up in a fiasco. Without incentive from the government and without some fairly uncomplicated changes to legislation, things are going to stay this way.
The economic slowdown has inflamed the dispute between the Ministry of Finance (MF), which is responsible for the state budget, and local governments. Mutual accusations are the same: handing out deductions lavishly and in a discretionary way and looking for savings everywhere but in their own pockets. Local governments warn that if this continues, hundreds of communities will have a problem with passing their budgets and financing a down payment for EU projects.
Government advertising campaigns tend to put people to sleep, but a startling exception is the ongoing campaign to boost investment in eastern Poland, with US economics commentator Matt Yglesias calling it the “The Greatest Economic Development Poster of All Time.”
Not only the state and extraction companies count on shale gas. Also gminas where drilling started count on higher revenues of local budgets. At the current level of extraction of 4.4 billion cubic metres of gas, gminas gain PLN 16 million. Following the changes proposed by the Ministry of the Environment, their revenues may increase to over PLN 60 million.
Local governments have abandoned their dreams of the cadastral tax for now, but they are still after higher revenues from land and buildings.They came up with geographical tax progression in order to save the budgets of communes [gmina]. Respectively, the real estate tax rates would be higher in sub-regions where GDP per capita stands above the national average.