Bucharest district 3 mayor at war with FinMin over income tax refunds

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Bucharest district 3 mayor, Robert Negoiţă, has lashed out at Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici after a meeting on Wednesday, accusing him of not keeping his word regarding the reimbursement of 100% of the income tax to city halls.

A month ago, FinMin Teodorovici promised mayors that all local administrations will get 100 percent of the income tax.

The difference between humans and animals is that we, people, can keep our promises. If not, there is no difference anymore. And now, it’s the case. The promise is that the money taken from us for three months will be reimbursed. Promises are just empty words for this government, for this Finance minister,” Negoiţă said upon his leaving a meeting between Teodorovici and the city mayors. He left the meeting before it ended.

“They promised they are giving back this money to us, and now they are calling us for talks, to tell us they would not give the money anymore (…) If this government is serious and he (Teodorovici) is minister of Finance, allow me to be embarrassed by this situation,” the district 3 mayor argued.

Moreover, he threatened that, if the local administration are not recovering their money from the tax income, the mayors will take out the citizens and stage protests in front of the government, arguing there are city halls that cannot pay student scholarships or other social programmes.

“What example are these rulers setting, when it is obvious they are lying to their teeth? We’ll come with the citizens in front of the Government. We cannot pay after school programmes, or scholarships, we’ll end up without money to pay the electricity and water bills for schools,” Negoiţă concluded.

Early this month, ruling PSD has suspended mayor Robert Negoiţă from the party over his repeated criticism against the Social Democrat leadership.

The mayors of municipalities held talks with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, on budgetary allocations in January, complaining of the money shortage.

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