Commune ends financial year with a big plus  

A big plus for the commune is expected in the financial statements for 2017. It is estimated that there will be a surplus of 170 million crowns.

The forecast at the end of last year showed that the commune would have a surplus of 140 million. Now the preliminary financial statements show profits of 173.9 million crowns.

This means that the long-term economic goal that the commune’s profits will account for at least one per cent of tax revenues plus government grants over a five-year period will be met. The result for 2017 is 3.7 per cent, the average result for the years 2013 through to 2017 will be 1.6 per cent.

The Committees account for 32.4 million of the surplus and the majority of the surplus comes from the Childcare and Education Committee who ended 2017 with a surplus of 16.8 million.

But one of the biggest reasons for the surplus has been the difficulty in recruiting qualified staff and that the rise in the number of students was far less than what had been planned for.

– It shows good balance in the committees and this is very positive. This makes us better equipped for the investments made in many areas now and it reduces the need for borrowing, says Anders Tell (S), Chairman of the Executive sub-committee.