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Wroclaw. What was Wrocław's budget spent on? “Sutryk did not fulfill all his promises”

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Construction of new tram lines and roads – this is what Wrocław invested the most money in during Jacek Sutryk's first term. Nearly PLN 1 billion spent five years on creating tram routes from scratch and improving the public transport fleet. At tvn24.pl, before the elections, we check what local government officials in the largest Polish cities spend the most money on.

In 2018, the mayor of Wrocław announced tram lines, among others. for Nowy Dwór, Popowice and Kozanów, Swojczyce, Ołtaszyn, Jagodno, Muchobór Wielki, Maślice and Bartoszowice, purchase of 120 new trams and 220 new buses, 250 km of renovated streets and 100 km of new bicycle paths.

Trams to Nowy Dwór and Popowice were launched in 2023. The tender for Maślice was settled only in September 2023. The design of the route to Swojczyce is being completed, but it was not possible to build a tram to Jagodno, famous for its night queues to vote in the parliamentary elections on October 15.

Wrocław's five-year budget

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The city's income increases from year to year. In 2019, the first year of Sutryk's term in office, the city had a budget of PLN 4.5 billion. As in the case of every larger city in Poland, approx. 80-85 percent this amount are fixed expenses, e.g. for maintaining schools. The remaining money is investment expenditure, i.e. money that the city uses relatively freely.

– The city incurs current expenses every year, which increased from PLN 4.2 billion in 2019. to PLN 5.78 billion in 2023. In 2023 current expenses accounted for approximately 83% of the total budget. The main items of current expenses are salary costs and expenses for the implementation of statutory tasks – informs Mikołaj Czerwiński from the press office of the city of Wrocław.

In 2019, nearly PLN 796 ​​million was allocated for urban investments, a year later nearly PLN 805 million, and in 2022 it reached PLN 1 billion. A similar amount has been spent in 2023.

– The implementation of the election program we agreed on in 2018 resulted in us carrying out over 1,500 investments worth over PLN 5 billion – writes Jacek Sutryk, mayor of Wrocław, on his website.

The biggest investments

After summing up all the largest investments of Jacek Sutryk's time, the emphasis on public transport is clearly visible. Although the top ten urban investments include, as is usually the case, also gigantic road projects, what stands out the most are the unprecedented expenditure on trams and buses.

  • Bus and tram route to Nowy Dwór – 13 minutes to the city center – PLN 386 million
  • Torywolucja – purchase, modernization of trams and new buses – PLN 300 million
  • tram to Kozanów through Popowice and Szczepin – PLN 227 million
  • construction of the Great Island Avenue – PLN 299.4 million
  • construction of the Western Axis – PLN 213.4 million
  • Leśnica bypass – PLN 181 million
  • School and Kindergarten Complex at ul. Cynamonowa in Wrocław, including road construction – PLN 115.5 million
  • reconstruction of Pomorska Street – on the section of ul. Dubois to the viaduct at Reymonta Street – PLN 93.5 million
  • reconstruction of the street Obornicka, Berenta, Pełczyńska and Probus – PLN 86 million
  • construction of Chrobry bridges – PLN 83 million
  • renovation of Pomeranian Bridges – PLN 70 million
  • school and kindergarten complex at Asfaltowa – PLN 57 million
  • renovation of the Pannier Bastion – over PLN 27 million.
  • footbridge over Ślęza, which connected the Muchobór Mały and Wielki estates – PLN 3.8 million

“Sutryk did not fulfill all his election promises”

– Jacek Sutryk unfortunately did not fulfill all his election promises. Of the main ones, there are still no new tram routes to Jagodno or Maślice. Instead of creating an urban railway, we lost a common ticket – says Jakub Janas, spokesman for the “Akcja Miasto” association, candidate for the City Council of KKW Koalicja Obywatelska.

In recent years, the city has expanded and new housing estates have appeared in remote parts of Wrocław. According to the “Akcja Miasto” association, these places lack good public transport connections, which is why residents prefer to commute by car. Solving this problem would help decongest the city.

– The five years of Jacek Sutryk's presidency were primarily characterized by numerous non-transparent and questionable expenses in terms of economy and purposefulness. Per diem allowances for members of program councils, co-financing MBA diplomas from the Collegium Humanum for high-ranking officials, resigning from the construction of a technical loop for PLN 100,000, or financing a municipal bulletin with a circulation larger than Newsweek. All this adds up to tens of millions of zlotys, which were spent on the president's whim instead of meeting the needs of the inhabitants of Wrocław – adds Janas from “Akcja Miasto”.

In December last year, the “Akcja Miasto” association proposed changes to the city budget for 2024 to improve its spending.

One of the basic changes that, according to the association's members, is worth introducing is increasing budget transparency.

Wrocław has been in the red since 2019

The Wrocław budget has a large deficit of PLN 2 billion.

– All investments planned in the city budget were implemented in accordance with the assumed plan. However, there is a doubt at this point regarding the losses Wrocław suffered due to the loss of a large part of PIT income. The estimated loss since 2019 is over PLN 1.7 billion. It is true that the government grants compensation for this every year, but it only covers part of the loss. Three government subsidies amount to PLN 522 million. This means that Wrocław has been PLN 1.2 billion in the red since 2019, explains Mikołaj Czerwiński from the press office of the city of Wrocław.

What cities spend their money on

At tvn24.pl we check what the largest Polish cities spend their money on. In each of them, approximately 80-85 percent expenses are the so-called fixed or current expenses. They result from the implementation of statutory tasks by local governments and are usually headed by education, for which each local government receives an educational subsidy covering part of these costs.

The remaining 15-20 percent are capital expenditures. Here the city has more freedom. He can build a swimming pool or a sports hall. Build apartments for rent or nurseries and kindergartens, roads or parks.

In cities the size of Wrocław, Gdańsk or Krakow, annual investment budgets range from PLN 600 million to even one billion per year. The capital has a much larger budget: PLN 28 billion and an investment budget of PLN 3 billion.

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