Tartu Approves 2014 Budget, 15% Spending Decrease ({{commentsTotal}})

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Tartu City Council to passed next year's 134.7 million euro budget, which represents a 17-million-euro decrease compared with this year's. 

The current year's budget was 151.8 million, but two supplementary budgets of 4.7 and 1.3 million euros brought that figure to 157.8 million.

The 15 percent decrease was necessitated by the ending of the current EU budget period, with funds for the 2014 to 2020 set to kick in only after a year.

Spending on main activities in the nation's second largest city is forecast at 99 million euros, with the majority (55 million euros) earmarked for education. The city plans to invest 27 million euros, with 11 million going towards the construction of a roundabout in eastern Tartu.

Tartu also plans to take out 10.7 million euros in loans, paying back 8.8 million.

The city expects to rake in 104.4 million euros in revenue next year, of which 56.8 million should be from tax, 32.3 million in support and subsidies and the remainder mostly from services.

A further 17.6 million euros is expected from investments, meaning that the budget is balanced.

Compared with the current year's budget, both principle activity spending and income have increased by around six million euros, while the city will invest 16 million euros less and is expecting 13 million less in investment income.