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Sometimes ballots must be reprinted because of spelling mistakes. Sometimes a viewing platform of a million dollars on the Rhine hardly offers more prospects. The Taxpayers Association sees very different cases of tax wastage, even with a "luchsparlament".
Mainz (dpa / lrs) – Whether it is for the protection of species, road construction, cultural promotion, voting or just a new terrace on the Rhine, the l & # 39; Taxpayer Association has listed five cases of wasting public funds in Rhineland-Palatinate in its national black book 2019/2020. Three cases concern municipalities, two revolve around state spending, reported Tuesday the association of taxpayers from Rhineland-Palatinate to Mainz. In total, the book lists 100 examples, including explosive costs in public buildings, with oddities or questionable controls.
The Steuerzahlerbund of this country are particularly concerned about the two regional points of service for cultural workers. They should help artists find and exploit funding opportunities. The country gives 100,000 euros a year, but we can expect the artists to take care of their own problems. German tax law is more confusing than the landscape of cultural promotion, there is no tax council financed by land.
The second case, which concerns the state's money, is related to the lynx reintroduction project in the palatal forest. With a total volume of 2.75 million euros, half comes from EU funds and another 400 000 euros are distributed by the country – even if similar projects in other regions, such as the French Vosges, have shown that such projects are not sustainable,
The main reason for the high costs is not the extremely spoiled lynx, but the big accompanying program. In addition, a lynx management plan had been created. A discussion group that discusses implementation calls the Taxpayers Association "Luchsparlament German-French". Federal Government Conclusion: Calculate on average each of the 20 lynx resettled or already installed with approximately 140 000 € to reserve. "This sum would be enough, even for a beautiful house in the Palatinate Forest."
The foundation involved in the Rhineland-Palatinate nature and environment project in Mainz resisted criticism. The long-term success of the relocation of lynx depends on the acceptance of animals in society. This could only develop or persist if knowledge of the animal species was sufficient and could be coordinated with interest groups such as hunters and grazing livestock. "Thus, an initial large investment in public relations at large is a more than meaningful and sustainable approach." Otherwise, there is a threat of failure. "Then the funds would not have been used properly (…), which would bite the cat, so to speak, at the tail."
At the municipal level, among others, the city of St. Goar is at the center of the concerns of the taxpayers' association. It is an observation post on the Rhine quays. At the beginning of 2014, the cost of this operation was set at € 408,000. In summary, the project, about 2.1 million euros, was almost five times more expensive than expected. And the platform does not offer a better view of the Rhine.
The city of Mainz and the districts of Bad Dürkheim, Bad Kreuznach and Mayen-Koblenz printed ballots with misspelled names ahead of the local elections in May. But who wants to have the choice, for example, between "Aexandra" and "Freidrich", asked the association of taxpayers. In total, more than half a million ballots representing around 80,000 euros were reprinted; in Mainz alone, the draw cost about 41,000 euros.
"Overall, a very unpleasant story," said a spokesman for the city of Mainz. According to the municipality, voters of the postal services reported at the time that it was missing a letter on behalf of a candidate. At a closer examination, other errors were discovered. In one candidate, so there was a spelling, in one part, there was an error in the addition of the name. According to the city, the starting point of the incident was a faulty artwork submitted by a graphic designer to the city. The sheet had not been verified and approved with sufficient accuracy.
The city of Trier derives its fat from the taxpayers association. In 2018, the taxpayers' association still considered "the euro savings" as an exemplary way to manage money. The Black Book talks about a street in Pfalzel district and contributions often criticized by the taxpayers' association, which municipalities can use to pay local residents. The city council had requested a renovation in 2005, but only in May 2011, the city council decided to renew it – for about 1.2 million euros. For a long time, nothing had happened. In December 2018, the expansion was decided again – for an amount of 2.5 million euros. Residents were asked to make contributions in part with five- or six-digit amounts. "The case of Trier shows how much residents are struggling with the decisions made by Waubeluütigen at the local level and the heavy financial consequences are offset by the end of construction contributions."
Black book of the German Federal Taxpayer