Voters in the town of Schwyz have surprisingly turned down their local government’s recommendation to reduce spending on education, childcare and energy subsidies in favour of a tax increase.
About 400 citizens – the highest turnout in years according to municipal secretary Bruno Marty – took part in the ballot at the municipal assembly on December 10. They disagreed with politicians who had opposed start-up funding for day centres at schools for budget reasons.
A majority voted in favour of the proposed subsidies, particular on the day centres, a result that was greeted with applause. The centres are longer-term projects that increase the attractiveness of the location, the majority argued.
Voters even rejected an offer from the centre-right Radicals for private funding for the project as if the expense was not accepted.
The start-up funding for the day centres was worth CHF30,000, as well as CHF20,000 for education and CHF50,000 for energy-saving measures.
Voters also unexpectedly agreed to increase taxes as proposed by the centre-left Social Democrats. Thanks to higher taxes, the budget deficit will be cut by half to CHF1.5 million.
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