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Acting mayor: Michal win would mean end of free public transport in Tallinn

Tallinn acting mayor and Center Party mayoral candidate Taavi Aas.
Tallinn acting mayor and Center Party mayoral candidate Taavi Aas. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

If Reform Party mayoral candidate Kristen Michal were to be elected mayor of Tallinn, it would mean the end of free public transport for city residents, said Taavi Aas, acting mayor and the Center Party's mayoral candidate.

"The Reform Party has always considered free public transport to be something useless and if they come to power, it will be one of the first things to be abolished," Aas said in a press release. "They are masking it behind talk that nothing is free and this will result in the return of tickets for residents of Tallinn.

"Michal is promising a special card for the elderly for taking part in culture events, but today most events are free for the elderly of Tallinn anyway," Aas said. "He is promising to maintain the pension supplement for the elderly, when at the same time it is known that the present city government will not only maintain but also increase it."

Aas said that the ideas presented by the Reform Party do not aim high and that, rather, the party is trying to run below par. He added that Michal and people close to him were the ones behind the decision in 2009 to cut the portion of the income tax allocated to Tallinn, which resulted in a decrease in the city's revenue.

"The money that was taken away from Tallinn under the leadership of Reform Party politicians could have long ago been used to build dozens of kilometers worth of streets," the acting mayor said.

He added that when Michal was Minister of Economic Affairs, Estonia's economy grew by one percent per year, but what was memorable was the Port of Tallinn corruption scandal.

"Michal's only hope is to incite ethnic groups against each other and he can afford to do that, because their support among Russian-speaking voters has nowhere left to fall, but do I hope that this will not be their only goal," Aas said.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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