The chairpersons of the political groups on the Vantaa City Council are far from enthusiastic about the city's budget proposal for next year. Both Lauri Kaira (NCP) and Jaakko Niinistö (PS), however, remain firmly behind the austerity programme advocated by Mayor Kari Nenonen. Niinistö reveals that his group would be prepared to shave 10 million euros off a 100 million euro investment programme to cut back on borrowing.
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Vantaa's budget draft sparks concerns
Kaira, in turn, believes the city can alleviate its economic woes by attracting companies that provide employment and is therefore pleased that Nenonen has refrained from adjusting the municipal tax rate.