As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, upon arriving to work on foot once again on Monday, new Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomasevic said that he and his associates also came to work over the weekend to try to sort thing out as quickly as possible. He made sure to note that “the financial situation is not good” in the City of Zagreb.
“This is just the result of three years of financial irresponsibility. 2019 ended with a loss of 1.3 billion kuna, without any external reasons, it’s just pure financial irresponsibility. 2020 ended with a loss of ”only” 90 million kuna, but when you look at the Covid loans handed out by the Government and the deferred claims of ZET, Zagreb Holding and (Croatian) Waters, then that loss is much higher and that is, once again, more financial responsibility, because there was no rebalance when it was needed,” stated the capital’s brand new mayor.
He also said that from what he has seen so far of the spending of the city in 2021, it’s quite safe to say that this year has been a financially irresponsible one as well, not unlike the previous three – to say the least.
“The main goal is to stabilise the city’s finances and analyse the cash flows on a weekly and then on a monthly basis, to revise the procurement plan so that what is not crucial is postponed. Zagreb Holding’s report shows a loss of around 305 million kuna,” he said, adding that there is no worst-case scenario to speak of just yet, and that the new city government will do its best to stabilise these finances and this truly dire financial situation so that this situation doesn’t have too many consequences.
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