Šavnik: Most of the councilors are in favor of reprogramming the debt for 20 years

The municipality of Savnik will pay off the debt of 235 thousand euros over twenty years. Out of that amount, the city utility company owes the most for taxes and contributions, i.e. 193.400 euros, the Cultural Center 32.535 euros, and the local TO close to ten thousand euros
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SO Šavnik, Photo: Obrad Pješivac
SO Šavnik, Photo: Obrad Pješivac
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Ažurirano: 31.03.2015. 14:53h

With the votes of the councilors of the ruling DPS-SDP coalition in the Assembly of the municipality of Šavnik, after a long discussion, the report on the work of the president of that municipality in the performance of local self-government functions for the past year was adopted.

Today, a decision was adopted by the majority of votes on giving consent for the municipality to sign an agreement with the Ministry of Finance on the reprogramming of the tax debt. The municipality of Savnik will pay off the debt of 235 thousand euros over twenty years. Out of that amount, the city utility company owes the most for taxes and contributions, i.e. 193.400 euros, the Cultural Center 32.535 euros, and the local TO close to ten thousand euros. Today, the councilors considered the report on the work of the Health Center in Šavnik as well as a set of municipal decisions.

The president of the municipality, Mijomir Vujačić, said that the functioning of the local self-government took place in difficult financial conditions, and that the planned dynamics and the scope of the implementation of tasks and activities were slowed down by the complex socio-economic situation in the municipality, the smaller inflow of funds from the Equalization Fund compared to previous years, and non-realization of own revenues based on the real fiscal capacity of local self-government. By amending the decision on the budget for 2014, the municipal treasury for last year was planned at the amount of 1,61 million euros.

"Budget revenues were realized in the amount of 1,23 million or 76 percent compared to the plan, while expenditures were realized in the amount of 58 million, which is 1,15 percent compared to the planned. Expenditures for current expenditures in 71,27 . in the year they amounted to one million and 2014 thousand euros or 90 compared to the plan. Due to the failure to fulfill the budget, the Municipality was not able to fulfill the planned, such as capital expenditures, for which during the last year only about 74 thousand euros or 61, 60 percent of the plan. Of that amount, they spent 39,1 thousand euros for local roads, and about 41,1 thousand euros for the reconstruction of rural water supply systems. The biggest burden on the municipality is the absence of business entities, which deprives them of certain taxes and fees. The local self-government is forced to is finding sources of financing, so this year he will reassess the functioning of the companies and institutions of which he is the founder, which receive large amounts of funds from the budget," said Vujacic and pointed out that during the reporting period they applied strict savings measures in all sectors, and that will be satisfied if they manage to service their obligations regularly this year, as last year.

The opposition was not satisfied with the results achieved in 2014 and, as they pointed out, the local government promised a lot, but almost did not fulfill anything. DF councilor Neđeljko Strunjaš said that the Strategic Plan of the Municipality, which should be implemented by 2017, is not being fulfilled, so he suggested that the document be amended according to the situation. He specifically referred to expenditures for one-time assistance to socially vulnerable families, which cost the municipality 13,2 thousand euros last year.

"For the unachieved results in the report, the local government refers to other circumstances, and nowhere do they mention their own responsibility. It is not being done efficiently and economically, and I think there is room for that. Expenditures for one-time aid should be described in more detail so that councilors have an insight into who and how much gives, and all in order to prevent political abuses from taking place in that part," said Strunjaš.

SNP councilor Vuk Mikić criticized the work of companies and institutions founded by the Municipality. As a bad example, he cited the work of the Šavnica DOO "Communal Activities", which received 136.259 euros from the budget last year, 42,9 thousand euros were diverted to the JU Center for Culture, Sports and Media, and the local Tourist Organization only formally exists.

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