Albertshofen is one of the first municipalities in the district this year to adopt the budget for 2018 at this early stage. The total budget of 6.59 million euros (rounded figures) is 260,000 euros less than the current year’s budget. The most striking change in the figures is the decrease of 400,000 euros in the budget.
In the administrative budget, income tax participation remains the largest source of revenue at 1.1 million euros, followed by key allocations, which increased by 46,000 euros to 673,000 euros. Despite the district levy of 827,000 euros to be paid, according to the plan the municipality generates a transfer of 316,000 euros from the administrative budget to the property budget. After deducting the debt service, the municipality has a free financial margin of 204,000 euros.
Michael schmitt from the kitzingen administration had good news for the council, because the medium-term financial planning foresees that the allocation from the administration budget will increase significantly and continuously in the following years, up to 620,000 euros in 2021. In 2018, the budget for assets will grow to 3.1 million euros, with investments totaling 2.25 million euros.
The main items of expenditure are the development of the eastern construction area (563,000 euros), the sewerage development for the eastern construction area (491,000 euros), the energy renovation of the gartenlandhalle, the renovation of municipal buildings (280,000 euros) and the acquisition of developed and undeveloped land (400,000 euros) and the cycle path to kitzingen (130,000 euros). No borrowing will be necessary, as the municipality will be able to draw 1.7 million euros from the general reserve. The debt is expected to fall to 1.345 million euros by the end of the year, and with a per capita debt of 580 euros, albertshofen will then be below the state average for comparable municipalities. For this reason, there was no reason for the council to turn the screw on fees or taxes.
No update of the statutes
More than ten years ago, the municipal council had issued a clarification statute for a part of the steinbuhl site in order to get the area under control in terms of urban development planning. Mayor horst reuther failed with his plan to have the bylaws updated. The bylaws were intended to make it possible to build on various plots of land that are located in the urban development planning area. Reuther had pursued the update so that the municipality would not run the risk of later no longer being able to claim development fees from developers. After a decision in the previous session, the council had discussed the issue again in closed session.
The mayor explained four alternatives with their respective advantages and disadvantages in an open meeting on tuesday. The alternative, which the community council had discussed for the longest time, was the amendment of the clarification statutes, which only affected the properties with the parcel numbers 1217 and 1218. Lorenz hofmann and philipp wenkheimer, on the other hand, wanted to give everyone the opportunity to build, which is why they advocated the repeal of the clarification statute. This line was followed by the council with the unanimous resolution.
The repeal of the bylaws has the advantage that parts of the urban area can be included in the inner area for argumentative purposes and that, in principle, any developer can realize his project. But, as the administration listed, the new situation brings several disadvantages, such as the lack of clarity about the course of the boundary from the inner to the outer area. As mentioned, the municipality may have problems with the subsequent levying of production contributions and, in addition, with the as-is state, it was giving up its urban planning sovereignty. The status quo leads to a patchwork, in which the problem of undeveloped land was not clarified and a rear development could prevent a later reorganization.