“While covering a huge deficit, the government keeps getting into the pockets of local communities” – Samopomich

According to the head of the Samopomich faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Oleh Bereziuk, the government is trying to hide a deficit of 200 billion hryvnias and therefore wants to get this money from the pockets of local communities.

Deputy chairman of the Vorokhta village council Yuriy Halyk says, “To date, we lack subsidies for pre-school education and culture, there is no such tax as an excise tax in the local budget. The budget is not executed, there is a budget deficit. And the budget deficit in villages, settlements does not let the latter develop their infrastructure.”

The head of Samopomich in the city of Yaremche Mykola Shehryn adds, “Tourism could become one of the most significant sources for filling local budgets. Moreover, we are the closest ones to the highest peak of the Ukrainian Carpathians – Hoverla. The most convenient climbing paths start from our lands. Unfortunately, there is practically no road going there. According to the general plan of Vorokhta, we have 13 ski lifts; unfortunately, part of lands of Vorokhta are in use of the Carpathian National Park. This issue is not resolved so far.”

Despite numerous complaints from local authorities, because of the shortcomings of the draft state budget for 2018, there is still the problem of insufficient funding for local communities in the recently submitted draft budget for the next year.

MP Tetiana Ostrikova specifies, “As for the educational subvention, the shortage of teachers’ salaries makes up 21%. We demand to increase it by at least 14 billion. As for the medical subvention, the shortage of healthcare costs, which are financed by local governments at the expense of their income, is 66%. Therefore, we also demand to increase it by at least 12 billion. Moreover, there is an uneven distribution of the government grants. We see that regional budgets managed by the governors receive the most, while the budgets of the cities receive the least.”

The parliamentarian is convinced, “In the budget package 2019, we must vote for a regulation which will let local governments have an access to the bases of the State Fiscal Service in terms of taxes and fees that are allocated to local budgets. Only then will our local governments get real levers of influence and control.”

“Do not give up! Fight for the quality of life of the people who gave you the power. This is the task for all of us now,” concludes Oleh Bereziuk.

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