May­ors refuse to give bud­get data

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Five may­ors from var­i­ous parts of Greece said yesterday that they will not co­op­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment’s re­quest to pro­vide bud­get de­tails for the next three years.

The In­te­rior Min­istry has asked all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to for­ward their spend­ing plans for the 2016-19 pe­riod but may­ors of the Athe­nian sub­urbs of Kais­ar­i­ani, Petroupoli and Haidari as well as the port city of Pa­tra and the is­land of Icaria have re­fused to take part in protest at the cuts to the public fund­ing they re­ceive.

The may­ors claim their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ cen­tral gov­ern­ment fund­ing has been slashed by 62 per­cent over the last five years and that this has led to many ba­sic ser­vices such as nurs­ery schools and garbage col­lec­tion be­ing put in doubt.

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