Krasnodar, 17 October – Yug Times. Our today’s interviewee is Krasnodar mayor Yevgeni Pervyshov.
Q.: What are the main characteristics of the municipal budget in 2019?
A.: Now the planned figure is about 19 billion roubles, but let me remind you that initial plan was 15.7 billion roubles. Around a half of the revenue is made up by the personal income tax. As for our payments to the regional budget, I believe that we will clear the bar of 100 billion roubles - taking into account the large tax revenues received from Sergei Galitsky after his expensive deal. This money was spent for the priority needs - most importantly, we managed to increase our share in the construction of public amenities.
Q.: What is the current debt load on the municipal budget?
A.: Yes, we have debts - within the range of 9 billion roubles. But we also got the money to replace part of our commercial credits with governmental credits given at the rate of 0.1% per annum, and thereby we saved more than 300 million roubles on serving our debt obligations. This money was also immediately sent to fulfil social tasks.
Q.: Many local residents express irritation over the second rise of the public transport fares over a short period of time.
A.: The latest price rise is being spent exclusively to increase the payroll bill of the drivers and conductors. I would say that it would have been very difficult to fully recruit the public transport staff if the wages had remained at the previous level with today’s workload.
Q.: How do you choose the sites for landscaping and neighbourhood improvement?
A.: It is the local residents who in fact do the choosing. The sequence of the works is based on preferential voting. The current leader is Vishniakovsky Garden - we will definitely find money for it. If we would find more money - the other sites would also be included in the landscaping plan according to the development strategy for green zones. This year, we were lucky to get good financing, which is why we were able to accomplish six projects. Besides, we achieved good financial results - and by saving more we were able to include three more sites which are currently being landscaped.
Q.: Is the speed of construction of public amenities keeping pace with the growing of the city?
A.: In fact, we must drastically increase the construction of public amenities. On one side, we have commissioned four schools this year, but the number of schoolchildren has risen even more - if last year we had 140,000 pupils, now the figure is 153,000.
Our current task is to fulfil our social program, which means to have all kids study in comfortable conditions, and after graduating schools continue to build a comfortable city.