Vantaa budget for next year amounts to €1.8 billion
Vantaa City Council ratified the budget for the coming year and the 2020-2023 financial plan. Next year’s budget will amount to €1 823 681 000, of which the share of investments is €150 million. The binding objectives specified by the city council describe the appropriations more specifically than they do next year's services.
New organization changes the budget structure
The City of Vantaa will reform its organization from the beginning of 2020. The budget was compiled according to the new structure. Current finances’ biggest investment will be in health and social welfare services: €421 million plus an additional €252 in specialized care. The costs of the new education and learning department total €464 million, and they arise from basic education, upper secondary education, as well as early childhood education.
The urban culture department is a new department—starting its operations at the beginning of the new year—responsible for cultural, sports and youth services, library and Adult Education Institute’s services, as well as citizen services. Their shared budget amounts to approximately €70 million.
The budget of the urban environment department, excluding investments, is €247 million. The department is responsible for managing the city's environment and the city’s own office premises whose share amounts to 123 million. The costs of public transport are €53 million.
€32 million are invested in new construction, €41 million in repairs, and €45 million in building streets and other public areas.
The city will hire 367 new employees, and the number personnel will amount to 10 387 next year. The increase is targeted at care, nursing and educational tasks.
Year 2020 objectives
The 2020 binding goals aim at land-sale profits of €30 million. Other goals include, among others, reducing energy consumption in the city's own real estates by 2%, which supports carbon-neutral Vantaa, as well as increasing the use of public transport and cycling by 3%. Housing development is concentrated on public-transport zones where 2 640 new housing units will be built per year.
The unemployment rate aims at the level of 8%, special objective is employment of the young, the long-term unemployed and foreign nationals. An increase of 1.5% in the number of businesses and jobs is set as an objective. Another goal is to strongly reduce the number of dropouts in vocational institutions, at least by a quarter from the present level.
There are numerous goals related to promoting Vantaa residents’ wellbeing, ranging from reducing bullying to preventing homelessness. Child protection focuses on preventive measures and on diminishing the number of taking-into-custody cases. The functional abilities of over-75-year-olds will be improved, so that more and more elderly people can live at their homes. Next year, a non-urgent appointment with a health-center physician should be guaranteed within 14 days.
In the opinion of Noa Lindqvist, a representative of the youth council, the special youth workers at Varia and elementary schools brought about by the Regional Program of Positive Action project is a great improvement. “Schools have myriad young people who need support for both studying and everyday living,” Noa Lindqvist emphasizes. Support received by each young person is important. Every young person is important. Hopefully this project helps us prevent the young from marginalization.
This year, 192 young persons applied for basic education’s remedial teaching, which is a significant increase over the last year. The youth council wishes that a sufficient number of start-up places be initially reserved so that everybody could start their studies at the beginning of August. In addition, the youth council hopes that there is a sufficient number of start-up places at Vantaa high schools.
The city council proposed amendments to health centers’ services, family caregiver allowance, sports card, decision-making concerning Vantaa's streetcar project, solutions for indoor-air problems, and clarification of the sale of Vantti. The proposed amendments were not successfully voted for, which means the city executive board’s proposal for the 2020 budget and for the 2020-2023 financial plan were approved.
Protocol statements we submitted regarding the matter.
Previous press releases on the 2020 budget
City executive board's changes in the mayor's draft proposal: https://www.vantaa.fi/uutisia/hallinto_ja_talous/101/0/147777
Mayor’s proposal: https://www.vantaa.fi/uutisia/hallinto_ja_talous/101/0/147472
See also http://vantaakanava.fi/vantaalainen-tama-koskee-juuri-sinua/
Vantaa's taxes remain the same next year
The city council ratified tax percentages for the next year, which will remain on this year's level.
Vantaa’s income tax percentage is 19%. Real-estate tax percentages are:
public real-estate tax percentage: 1%
permanent residential building: 0.41%
presidential building other than a permanent one: 1%
power plant: 2.85%
unbuilt building plot: 4%.