The OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the Dnipro City Council acted sharply against the next hidden corruption schemes involving utility enterprises (UE) laid in the Dnipro budget. OPPOSITION BLOC demanded to name deputies and a group of leaders who are responsible for coordinating the financial plans of the UE and monitoring their statutory funds.
"Given the fact that over the past two years the Dnipro budget has amounted to more than 22 billion UAH (this is more than the city budget for the previous 5 years), the townspeople do not see any real help from the Mayor’s Office. Moreover, everyone sees the New Bridge and other infrastructure projects, which have not been implemented. But incompetence, inefficiency, corruption – these people know the characteristics of the Dnipro Mayor’s Office. Moreover, not only in Dnipro," the head of the of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction Natalia Nacharyan said. - The number of utility enterprises, which are financed from the city budget, is growing, there are more than 130 of them. The number of funds that the mayor brings to their statutory funds and the fund for the payment of employees is increasing: only for 2017 – more than 1 billion UAH. At the same time, they practically do not bring revenues to the budget: deductions to the trust fund in the draft budget-2018 are reduced by 43.5%, compared to 2017. This indicates the withdrawal of funds through statutory funds. The agenda of this session again raises the issues of creating and financing regular UE. Everyone who voted for these decisions, participate in the embezzlement of the budget."
The oppositionist noted that instead of receiving profit from their economic activities to fill the budget, UE only spend budget funds from their statutory funds, which is filled at the expense of city residents’ taxes.
"The leaders of the UE have never reported on the results of work and expenditure of funds from the statutory funds. Despite the multimillion-dollar budget injections, the profitability of the UE falls, because their costs have nothing to do with economic activity. This is the hidden corruption scheme: Mayor Filatov pays with the majority of the population the opportunity to cut the budget through these utility enterprises.
Given that over two years the budget of Dnipro amounted to more than 22 billion USD, the citizens do not see any help from the Mayor’s Office: tariffs for people have not been reduced, and targeted payments to veterans of the Great Patriotic War, families with newborns have not grown. These draft decisions were developed more than 1.5 years ago and submitted to the Council by the OPPOSITION BLOC faction. The city’s medicine is chronically underfunded. Costs for the maintenance of one place remained for the hospital at the level of 1 UAH per day, and for resuscitation – 50 UAH per day! That is, they are not even indexed to the level of inflation, at least official. It is unacceptable.
It is impossible to name any infrastructural project, which would have been realized. Bridge? This is a disgrace of all-Ukrainian scale – the terms are broken, the funds are stolen. If such a mess on the Bridge, which is visible to everyone, it is terrible to imagine what is going on under the ground, at the completion of the metro!", Natalia Nacharyan said.