Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg administration publishes 2014 city budget

The city of Yekaterinburg published on Thursday a draft version of the 2014 city budget, signaling an effort by the administration to provide the public with greater government transparency.

The Yekaterinburg city budget was named the city Duma's highest priority during a meeting of the Sverdlovsk region's legislative assembly earlier this month, when it was suggested that the budget be reduced by 26 percent over the current year. Regional funding will likely decrease across all of Russia due to a nationwide decrease in income taxes, Ekburg.ru reports.

Overseen by Yekaterinburg administration head Alexander Yacob, the proposed budget gives priority to nearly complete city development projects such as schools and clinics, while making cuts to development projects still in their planning stages.

"I hope [for a] wise decision [from] the Regional Legislative Assembly [for] the consolidated budget," Yacob said, according to Ekburg.ru.