In 2024, Bjelovar will have a budget of €89 million, which is 50% higher than the previous year. Mayor Dario Hrebak attributes this increase to 20 capital projects financed through European funds. These projects include the restoration of six earthquake-damaged buildings, energy renovation of eight buildings, construction of three new kindergartens, beginning construction of a new elementary school, equipping the business zone in Veliki Korenovo, and continued investment in geothermal wells.
Hrebak emphasized that this will be the largest budget in Bjelovar’s history and is both realistic and achievable. Notably, the budget also includes the lowest income tax rate in Croatia at 18%, making Bjelovar the largest Croatian city with this rate.
The mayor expects that families in Bjelovar will have an additional average salary on an annual basis. He also pointed out that despite reducing and eventually abolishing the surtax, the city’s coffers remain well filled. Additionally, Hrebak stated that the city earned 25% more in revenue compared to the previous year.
Hrebak assured that there will be no increase in communal fees and that kindergarten costs will remain among the lowest in Croatia. The budget conference received support from coalition partners including HSLS coalition partner Zdenka Henc from ABB Association and Borislav Kozić from HSS as well as independent councilor Dražen Medved. However, HDZ’s Nenad Martinovski was unable to attend due to official duties.
In conclusion, Bjelovar’s budget for 2024 is set at €89 million and includes significant investments aimed at improving infrastructure and services for residents while keeping taxes low. This budget is expected to bring positive changes for families and businesses alike within Bjelovar’s community.