Four percent more taxes? Niederwil reluctantly says yes to the tax increase
The requested tax increase mobilized the Niederwiler electorate. 206 voters attended the community meeting and approved, among other things, the commitment loan for the renovation and expansion of the Althau kindergarten.
A nice example of living democracy is the decision that was made on Monday at the community meeting in Niederwil. Those entitled to vote approved the commitment loan of CHF 120,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Althau kindergarten. In this way, a committed and critically conducted discussion not only has a conciliatory end, but one that is consensual for everyone involved.
The fact that the project could now be presented in this form dates back to 2020. At that time, the municipal council presented its plans for the new construction of the Riedmatt kindergarten. He wanted to replace the aging pavilion with a new one.
The municipal council submitted a corresponding loan of CHF 1.1 million to the electorate. The project was rejected in the ballot box – the community meeting was canceled due to the corona virus. This is because exponents from the ranks of the football club demanded that the new building be built with a basement and that space be made there for urgently needed cloakrooms.
The municipal council bent over the plans again and presented a completely new solution. Namely an additional extension to the existing double kindergarten. The existing building will also be renovated. The FC will get its cloakroom and the kindergarten departments will be in one place in the future. A successful thing. That was also the opinion of the 206 voters, the majority of whom approved of the loan.
Massive loan overrun for new school building
The 2023 budget, on the other hand, caused discussions with an increase in the tax rate by 4 percent. One voter remarked that the timing for an increase in the currently tense economic situation was extremely bad.
On the other hand, one participant pointed out that this tax increase will also make it possible to carry out future projects in the community. But not only that, the community’s assets have fallen from CHF 5.4 million to a net debt of CHF 2 million over the past seven years. The assembly bit the bullet and approved the increase to 103 percent.
One of the major investments in recent years was the construction of the Riedmatt 3 school building and the renovation of the existing Riedmatt 1 and 2 schools at a total cost of CHF 11.032 million. Three years after the inauguration of the school complex, the municipal council presented the loan statement, which was approved by the majority and not commented on by the assembly. While the costs for the renovation work were met, the new building closed with a whopping credit overrun of 372,000 francs. The underestimated costs for the surrounding work went into the cloth (+ 245,000 francs).
The commitment credit of CHF 760,000 for the renovation of Hägglingerstrasse was approved. This despite the fact that there were critical voices who feared that the upgraded connecting road in out-of-town areas could encourage speeding.