The Tallinn City Council adopted the 2020 municipal budget that prioritises the needs of children and families and aims to improve their well-being.
The next year’s municipal budget totals nearly 824 million
euros. Chairman of the City Council Tiit Terik said that the
factions proposed 81 amendments for the second reading. “The
Council approved either fully or partly eleven amendments that
increased the budget by nearly one million euros,” said the
According to Terik, it is nice to see that education continues
to be a priority in the municipal budget, especially given the
recently published results of the PISA test. Education sector
operating costs make up 40 percent of the next year’s municipal
budget or nearly 263 million euros, including funding from the
central government. The planned education sector investments
amount to nearly 49 million euros with the renovation of a
total of 13 schools and nurseries set to begin next year.
More than 50,000 euros are earmarked for implementing various
prevention and intervention programs to tackle bullying in
schools. The city will gradually recondition and reconstruct
playgrounds across the city to create development and playing
opportunities for children with special needs and their
families. Nearly two million euros are envisaged in the budget
to ensure support person services for children with a severe or
profound disability and some of this money will come from the
savings achieved by closing the Tallinn Television.
One of the amendments proposed by the opposition was to raise
the salary of teacher's assistants in nurseries by 50 euros.
“Even though Tallinn has raised the salaries of nursery school
teachers year after year their salaries should actually grow
faster,” noted the Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart. “Our views
overlap with the opposition’s proposal and we are happy to
pursue it together.”
As for social welfare, the municipal budget ensures the social
coping of various target groups and allow them to be actively
involved in the community. This includes services and benefits
for families with children, the elderly, persons with special
needs, and others in need of assistance. Next year, care
workers should get a salary raise of 20% and as the provision
of nursing services at major care homes has not been solved on
the national level the city will use its budget to fund home
nursing services for chronically ill patients living at home
and for elderly residents at Iru Care Home. The amount of
support person services for severely or profoundly disabled
adults will increase by 50 percent and the hourly service fee
will be raised to ten euros from the current rate of six euros.
As for transport infrastructure, the priorities include the
repair of neighbourhood roads and walkways for which eight
million euros are planned or three million more than last year.
The city will invest a total of 70 million euros in this
sphere. Among other efforts, the construction of tracks for
pedestrians, cyclists and recreational sports will continue to
promote physical activity and provide more opportunities for
As for urban maintenance, three million euros are envisaged for
further reconditioning of parks and green zones. Also, the
efforts to develop community farming across districts will
Other major investments include the development of Tallinn City
Theatre - a project with a total value of 5.7 million euros. As
the complete reconstruction of the theatre’s facilities calls
for a temporary location for performing plays the Salme Culture
Centre will also undergo extensive renovation next year for a
total cost of almost 800,000 euros.
1.5 million euros are allocated for constructing the Tiger
Valley at Tallinn Zoo, and 5.5 million euros are planned for
investments at the Tallinn Botanical Garden (reconstruction of
Palm House and extensive renovation of auxiliary facilities).