According to preliminary calculations, local budgets are projected to increase up to UAH 230 billion in 2018. Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Hennadii Zubko announced during a conference call with the regions on the implementation of the decentralization reform and the realization of priority projects in 2018.
Moreover, he told that "during January-March 2018, the general fund of local budgets received UAH 51.6 billion. Increase in revenues against the corresponding period of last year makes up UAH 10 billion". At that, in 13 regions the growth rate above average in Ukraine has been ensured. Among the leaders are Poltava, Sumy, and Volyn regions.
The highest increase is provided from the personal income tax (28,4% or UAH 6.5 bn with 16 regions exceeding average growth rate in the country) and the single tax (29,4% or UAH 1.6 bn with 12 regions exceeding average growth rate in the country).
"It is not just the funds that local budgets receive as a result of financial decentralization, it means an opportunity to implement projects on the ground aimed at improving the quality of services in education, medicine, administrative services, etc. For the current year, we have determined 5 priority projects. We developed recommendations for their implementation: the creation of modern CASPs (Centers for Administrative Services Provision), the New Learning Space, Citizens' Security Centers, modern outpatient clinics, as well as one more direction - children's family homes. Tasks for the heads of regional state administrations and local self-government bodies - to prepare projects and implement them", urged Hennadii Zubko.
The teleconference took place with the participation of the heads of the Regional State Administrations, responsible deputies on decentralization issues, heads of regional local self-government development centers.