Less burdens for the citizens?

Less burdens for the citizens?

Veronika schadeck the frankenwald group water association (G) is on track. The financing of the 65 million euro renovation costs for the next 25 years is secured.

If the association councils in the G-association meeting next friday follow the proposal of their chairman jurgen baumgartner, then the burghers will receive "only" 20300 euros instead of the original 20300 still have to contribute 2468 euros over the next 25 years to finance the g. This corresponds to 98.75 euros per year and 8.22 euros per month. These are to be apportioned to the basic fee (so far monthly nine euro). The "small" amount was made possible burden of the recognition of the G as a hard case 2, which results in a claim rate of around 80 percent. This is what baumgartner has been fighting for over the last three years.

The municipalities involved in the G are to raise around six million euros instead of twelve million euros.

At an information evening on thursday in the steinachtalhalle with municipal mandate holders, baumgartner promoted his financing concept. He is well aware that many a municipality has had to postpone a project because of the investment contributions. But: "the G is a community of solidarity and everyone has to make their contribution!"

Majority probably safe

If one observes the mood and the reactions of the mandate holders, then one can assume that baumgartner will find the majority in the association assembly with his concept. The municipalities of steinbach and wilhelmsthal have immediately signaled green light for it.

Before that, baumgartner explained that the state of bavaria had made its contribution to the financing – although the water supply was a municipal task and actually had to cover costs.

But because of the special topography – after all, G has to maintain a 156-kilometer-long network of pipelines from south to north – and the fact that the fernwasserversorgung oberfranken (upper franconia water supply company) had entered into a cooperation agreement with G, and because double-digit sums in the millions had been spent in the last two years, it was possible to achieve the hardfall.

Baumgartner assured that each association council could bring in a different proposal for discussion. For him, however, his model is the best variant. He also promised transparency. Every elected official, every interested citizen could see the documents. Baumgartner received applause for what he has achieved for the association in the last three years.

Three years ago, when he took over the financially troubled water association, there were heated discussions and a lot of criticism about the reorganization plan. No one wanted the job, but no local politician suggested a better alternative. In response to an objection from one of the attendees as to how the G could have ended up in such a situation, baumgartner spoke of past mistakes, for example when the rehabilitation was not tackled despite high demands in the 1990s. "Situations like this always arise when you don’t make unpopular decisions that you should be making!"

"Looking ahead"

He advocated looking ahead to the future. "The store is cleaned up!" If now the "top he will resign as chairman of the board of directors after the reorganization has been completed. And he confessed: "I have not slept many nights, I will never take over this chairmanship again."

The water price of 2.99 euros per cubic meter is to remain stable over the next few years. Furthermore, jerk reserves are to be formed after depreciation. In addition, the transparency practiced by baumgartner is to be maintained in the water association.

There was also another piece of happy news. Because wilhelmsthal can also count on a 50 percent claim for the rehabilitation of the canal. And the geschwend part of the community is to get water pipes. He does not know why the G did not comply with the request of the environment ministry to write to the households years ago, says baumgartner. At that time there were demands. He didn’t want to be obliged to connect in the first few years, because he knew that the residents had invested in their wells. But he believes that all households in the district must be connected to a water main, because the supply of drinking water will become more difficult in the coming years.