A total of 76.6 million euros in investments are planned. Major projects include investments in daycare centers and in the youth sector (13.1 million euros), including the family center in Röthelheimpark with 4.7 million euros. 22.5 million will be invested in schools, including 11.6 million euros for the vocational training campus. Climate protection and sustainability remain central cross-cutting issues and are reflected in all areas, for example in building renovations. 2.1 million will be invested in the sidewalk and bike path network. 4.8 million will be invested in the environment, including 2.5 million euros for private energy-saving measures. 3.77 million has been earmarked for new jobs. More than one-third of this job volume is for climate protection.
Big investment measures such as the renovation of the Frankenhof cultural and educational campus, the Erlangen-West civic center or the construction of the quadruple gymnasium on Hartmannstrasse - the future Gerd Lohwasser Hall - are continuing. Trade tax revenues are budgeted at 180 million euros, and income tax revenues are expected to be 97.5 million euros. Once again, the budget does not require any borrowing, and the high level of investment is to be continued in the coming years. It is only thanks to the positive overall development of our location that the crises have not yet had a more significant impact on our budget, said Mayor Florian Janik. At the same time, he stressed, "We are stretching to the ceiling and fully exhausting our possibilities."
The chart shows key investment data such as 2.3 million euros for the fire department, 4.7 million euros for the family center Röthelheimpark, 3.7 million euros for the urban-surrounding railroad, 2.1 million euros for the sidewalk and bike path network, 11.6 million euros for the campus vocational education.
Janik gave his budget speech the heading "Responsibility for climate protection and cohesion". In the time of the crises it shows up each day again, how important an actionable state and actionable municipalities are. At the same time, he said, it was clear that the ongoing crises were massively restricting the financial scope of public budgets. "Price increases due to inflation, interrupted supply chains and a shortage of skilled workers are also hitting us massively. No matter which investment measures we look at from the latest draft budget: There are significant cost increases everywhere." He added that it was our joint responsibility to meet the demands placed on the state and municipalities in this time of crises and to vigorously and courageously continue the necessary investments in the future of our city that have already been started. At the same time, he said, priorities must be set. "This also includes the bitter truth: some things that would be important will not be able to be implemented as quickly or to the same extent in the future. It is our duty to design the budget so responsibly that we can also handle the investments in the long term."
In his speech, Janik showed that the catalog of measures Climate Awakening is being ambitiously tackled, among others, in the areas of heat transition, energy renovation and transport transition. "We are doing what is possible under the existing framework conditions without losing sight of the other important tasks," Janik said. To go further, he said, rapid and bold changes are needed in the legal and financial framework at the federal and state levels. Janik also took a look at social cohesion. Corona had exacerbated the social divide in society, he said. The energy crisis threatened to leave even more people behind. "We must not allow this to happen if we want to live up to our responsibility as a democratic and social constitutional state," Janik said. He therefore emphasized the high level of investment in educational justice through good schools and daycare centers. At the same time, he said, the government is working to ensure that structures in the voluntary sector, in culture and in commerce are not lost in the ongoing crisis. Especially in times of crisis, it is important to promote coexistence in our city. The measures such as the introduction of the ErlangenPass plus, with which in the future still more humans entrance into reduced culture and leisure offers are to receive, served also.
Following the video with the budget speech of the mayor. The speeches of the parliamentary groups and committee groups can be accessed via the municipal Youtube channel - section "News from City Hall"..
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