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KfW Kommunalpanel: Construction boom and staff shortage slow down investment

Around one third of the investment projects could not be implemented last year: Due to busy construction companies and lack of administrative personnel, 83 percent of cities, municipalities and districts were only able to pay off part of their planned capital expenditures. Many projects could not be planned, subsidies not applied for and orders not tendered. That is the result of KfWMunicipal panels 2019.

In total, the Germans invested cities and communes However, according to the study, thanks to high tax revenues, more. The investment backlog was reduced in the past year to a good 138 billion euros, said the state development bank KfW on the survey of combing in county-level cities, counties and district communities with. In 2017 he was still almost 159 billion euros.

Scissors between the regions could open up further

"Despite the decline, the value is still at the high level of 2015," it said. schools remain with almost 43 billion euros, the area with the largest investment backlog. This is followed by roads with 36.1 billion and administrative buildings with 14 billion euros.

KfW already had a large investment backlog in the construction industry in the past complains, For schools in Germany, according to calculations of the promotional bank also already 2018 around 48 billion euros have to be invested,

"The good Economy and the better budgetary situation has given many cities, counties and communities a breathing space, "said KfW municipal expert Stephan Brand." However, there has been little change in the structural problems in many places. "

In the face of the current economic uncertainties, time is gradually pushing. It would be necessary to find solutions that support investment activities communities permanently improved. "Otherwise, the gap between the regions with good infrastructure on the one hand, and suspended regions on the other will continue to widen."

Thanks to robust economic activity and buoyant tax revenues, cities, municipalities and districts were able to further reduce their liabilities – by seven percent to an average of 1512 euros per inhabitant.

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