The town council decided to start planning a new or improved swimming hall.
Aleksi Hautamäki, a student at Lapuan lukio, has translated news for our English-speaking readers.
Lapua got a net zero – planning of swimming hall commences
The city councilors couldn’t hold their chuckles when they finished their budget overview.
In several of the council’s evening meetings and service center’s director’s meetings the stack of papers was so done over "stuff" that there was no reason to make any changes during the year’s last monday meeting.
Last years’ basic social security didn’t burden the drafters – it would be passed over to the welfare sector in a year.
The biggest investment in next year’s budget is the 2,7 million euro reserved for building a daycare for 105 children at Ritavuori. In addition the planning for swimming hall/sports center’s repairs will be started next year, with 400 000 euros reserved. The project will be brought up to the table during spring. City manager Satu Kankare said that before it happens, the size and cost of the repairs and investments, and if a new one will be built all together.
Concern of debt
Kankare went over the budget’s numbers confirming its balance and the net being zero
– The investments are a bit over nine million euros and it means that capital from elsewhere will be withdrawn for 11 million euros. I also want to highlight that the town will repay its loans so that the increase is 2,1 millions.
Pekka Hella (Centre Party) and Lasse Rajala (National Coalition Party) brought up the increase in loans during discussions. Hella found the whole amount to be quite high, which will be 69.6 million euros at the end of next year according to calculations.
– This means that there are loans for 5 000 euros per resident. It should be repaid and not increased going forward.
Hella found it excellent that the amount of aid for private roads was increased by 50 000 euros for next year.
– The budget isn’t over the top, but it is neither unrealistic, commented Rajala.
Debt isn’t gobbled and the amount of loans increases only slightly with about two million euros.
– Even though the amount of debt underneath is already substantial, Rajala reminded.
Riitta Kangasluoma (Finns Party), who used group 10’s speaking turn, found it important to find more plans and resources for pre-emptive work. She brought up that bullying of every kind must be overcome in all sectors.
Talk about municipality grant
Helena Lahtinen (NCP) was thankful that the budget included a municipality grant in addition to the domiciliary care aid, even though it is debated from time to time. The 300 euro support paid for caring for a child of under 3 years at home isn’t secondary money wise.
– This shows respect for families’ choices. The budget has estimated there will be 135 who will use this grant. The amount adds up to six daycare groups and hiring 24 workers. This means that the amount of kids cared for at a daycare will be cared for at home, notes Lahtinen.
Hannu Saarela (Center) thinks it's good that the town looks into the condition and grants of these smaller roads. He still thinks that the main focus should be on the larger roads going through villages. Olli Lahdensuo (NCP) agreed, that the roads should be looked through more carefully and ones that see much use should be compensated accordingly.
Thanks to Kosola also
Christmas spirited delegates also thanked everyone. Most importantly thanking healthcare personnel for their devotion, but also all of those who corona has affected. Gratitude was also shown for those who were in the budget creation process, which was seen as efficient.
One of those named was Jari Vesanen, who is repairing The Kosola house. The praise was connected to the layout changes that were introduced by delegate Esa Rintala (Center). The board approved additional small construction on the property. Another approved layout plan was for the STEP school Lapua campus. The new layout will allow providing social- and healthcare services to connected housing services.
Translation: Aleksi Hautamäki
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