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.
On the other hand, Sirkka-Liisa Kähärä (SDP) is concerned that the rising social assistance costs and dwindling tax revenue caused by unemployment will complicate budget-making further. “There's hardly any leeway in the budget proposal, so we're stuck with the austerity programme. It's great that Finavia is making big investments at the airport. Maybe they will show in employment statistics,” she says.