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Unity deputies also promise not to support Riga’s budget for 2015

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDeputies of Unity’s Riga City Council faction promise to vote against the 2015 budget project compiled by Harmony Centre and Honour to Serve Riga ruling coalition in Riga City Council.

Deputies believe the proposed project is uneconomic and short-sighted. Although the budget project provides for multiple financial decisions in favour of residents of Riga, the lack of sustainability, intentional repetition of previous mistakes, poor management and intentional ignoring of proposals submitted by the opposition do not allow members of the party to even consider supporting this budget plan, as reported by Riga City Council faction of Unity.

Unity deputies believe Harmony Centre and Honour to Serve Riga continue to support the allocation of grants to Rīgas satiksme without requesting to be provided with reports regarding the use of this funding in 2015. Riga’s proposed budget for 2015 provides for the allocation of EUR 88.6 million as grants to RS. Because RS had asked for EUR 119.8 million funding from Riga City Council, it is likely that the size of planned grants will be increased through budget amendments.

Deputies also believe that the short-sighted nature of the budged is also demonstrated by the planned investment programme that has no room for heating of buildings, which is marked as unimportant on the list of priorities. The investment programme does include, however, repairs of kitchens in six kindergartens worth EUR 170,000 each.

Unity has submitted several proposals for the 2015 budget, including the provision of free lunches to children in kindergartens and schools for children from poor families, salary bonuses for teachers of pre-school education facilities and general education schools, funding for street maintenance, financing of school summer camps, provision of municipal police patrols and other initiatives.

«Deputies are expected to vote for a clearly short-sighted budget, whose goal is to merely stay afloat for today. It seems the ruling coalition is not all that worried about what will happen in a year or two years from now,» – says the head of Unity’s faction Sarmīte Ēlerte.

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