Horvat told the press a bill on post-quake reconstruction said that Sisak-Moslavina County would co-finance 20% of those costs. If the county will not be able to pay that amount, the state will do so, he added.
As for buildings and houses that have been demolished and will not be reconstructed, the state will fully finance the construction of new ones, he said.
On Thursday, the government sent to parliament a bill of amendments to the law on the reconstruction of buildings in the City of Zagreb and Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb counties damaged in a March 2020 earthquake, proposing that the law also apply to Sisak-Moslavina and Karlovac counties, which were struck by a devastating quake in December.
Under the bill, those counties will set aside 20% in their budgets for reconstruction, as will property owners. In assisted areas where a state of disaster was declared, the entire cost will be covered by the state, in line with a special regulation.
A property owner is exempt from covering 20% of the reconstruction costs if their household income in the previous and the current year does not exceed the non-taxable income amount, if they had no other assets on 22 March 2020 whose value exceeded HRK 200,000, and if they receive welfare benefits.
Horvat said the bill was clear and that it included the income threshold, so pensioners and people out of work need not fear.
He said that in assisted areas where a state of disaster was declared, the government would fully cover the construction of new homes.
Everything in the bill also applies to the City of Sisak, Horvat said, commenting on Mayor Kristina Ikić Baniček’s statement yesterday that “Sisak will be reconstructed under the same model as Zagreb” which, she added, her city could not afford.
Horvat said that under the bill, Sisak would not have to pay anything for the reconstruction, adding that 80% of the reconstruction amount had already been ensured without the city paying anything.
He said the residents of Sisak who had a second or third property outside the city “whose value exceeds certain amounts” would have to pay for 20% of any reconstruction costs.
“The government has not nor will it leave anyone in the lurch,” Horvat said, adding that the state would fully cover a replacement home for all people whose homes have been demolished and which will not be livable.