Basic budget expenditure
The planned basic budget expenditure amounts to 56.8 million euros. In 2020, the priorities of Rēzekne City Council will remain the same as in previous years. The largest amount of basic budget spending is allocated for education, the social sector, and the development of city infrastructure. The budget priorities are: to maintain and develop a network of education, culture, and sports institutions and the services they provide; to maintain social security and support to disadvantaged members of society; to continue the implementation of infrastructure development projects by attracting co-funding from European Union structural funds.
In 2020, the total basic budget expenditure in the city of Rēzekne for maintenance purposes is planned to amount to 33.2 million euros, of which 13.4 million euros will be spent on salaries. The planned expenditure for capital purchases, overhaul, and investments is 23.6 million euros.
For education, the planned expenditure in 2020 amounts to 22.5 million euros (including a 5.4 million euro earmarked grant), or 40% of the total basic budget expenditure. For the maintenance and renovation of preschool educational institutions, a total of 4.1 million euros are allocated; for the maintenance and renovation of elementary and secondary educational institutions and the reconstruction of Rēzekne Secondary School No. 6’s sports field – 8.1 million euros; for the functioning of interest-based education institutions – 1.5 million euros. It is planned to implement projects with the support of European Union funds totalling 7.9 million euros. The maintenance costs of the Eastern Latvian Centre of Creative Services are 0.6 million euros. The planned budget expenditure by the Sports Department (Children and Youth Sports School) for education is 0.7 million euros.
For culture, recreation, and sports, a total of 9.1 million euros, or 16% of total basic budget expenditure, is planned. This sector’s expenditure includes the operational costs of Rēzekne Culture and Tourism Centre and institutions under the centre, as well as costs associated with cultural events in the city, totalling 2.3 million euros. A municipal budget grant of 0.9 million euros is earmarked for covering the operation costs of the Eastern Latvia Regional Multifunctional Centre (LLC “Austrumlatvijas koncertzāle”) in 2020. For the maintenance of Rēzekne Synagogue in 2020, 6.9 thousand euros are allocated, and a further 7.1 thousand euros are planned for the project of restoring the synagogue.
A total of 5.2 million euros are earmarked for the implementation of the project “The construction of Rēzekne Olympic Centre”. Additionally, there are plans to spend a 4.2 million euro loan from the State Treasury of Latvia as part of the 2020 budget. The construction of the sports arena will continue. For the maintenance of the multifunctional sports facility in 2020, a grant of 0.1 million euros is allocated. The total planned expenditure of Rēzekne City Council Sports Department in 2020 is 0.7 million euros.
The funding allocated for economic activity is 12.4 million euros, or 22% of the total basic budget spending, including 7.97 million euros for projects co-financed by the European Union, with the aim of establishing a network of industrial territories to promote entrepreneurship in Rēzekne, reclaiming degraded territories, and creating industrial infrastructure and office space. The total amount of grants for public transportation in the city in 2020 is 2.03 million euros. One of the most important priorities in the 2020 budget is the improvement of municipal roads and street infrastructure. The total amount of funding for the municipal road transport programme is 887,681 euros.
The planned expenditure for environmental protection is 1.8 million euros, or 3% of the total basic budget expenditure.
For maintenance of municipal land and housing in 2020, a total of 2.7 million euros, or 5% of the basic budget expenditure, is allocated. Most of spending in this category is dedicated to the maintenance of city streets, roads, bridges, the lighting system, and cemeteries. A total of 246.8 thousand euros are allocated for street lighting in the city. A further 414.4 thousand euros are planned for the housing development programme. Projects amounting to 1.8 million euros are to be implemented in 2020 with co-funding from European Union structural funds.
For social protection, 5.6 million euros, or 10% of the total basic budget amount, are planned in 2020. This section includes funding for institutions and activities functioning under the department “Social Service”, as well as aid for disadvantaged residents. A total of 1.09 million euros are allocated for social benefits.
For the functioning of the Orphan’s Court, 73 thousand euros are allocated.
To ensure the implementation of the “NGO project ‘Support for the unemployed’” in 2020, 280.8 thousand euros are planned.
Moreover, 92.2 thousand euros are allocated for scholarships and for covering the tuition fees for medical students.
A further 2.6 million euros are to be used for ensuring the functioning of general government units. This includes 2.1 million euros for the functioning of the City Council and Municipal Administration, as well as 40 thousand euros for contingency expenses.