The municipal tax rate is a hot debate topic as the elections approach. Reducing the tax rate requires hard work; cutting costs, acquiring new residents, and increasing the income of residents. An amendment to the law may provide opportunities to reduce the tax rate, an example of social and health services reform. The work needed to reduce the tax rate should continue throughout the election period, not just when the election is near.

The municipality’s low tax rate can be an attractive factor in moving in for both residents and businesses. The low tax rate leaves more in residents’ wallets. But if the budget is in the red; that is, the expenditure is higher than the income, the tax rate tightening is worth it.

I wish Kemiönsaari makes operations more efficient, seek more residents and introduce a measure that will increase the income of local residents and continue the good work started at the end of the election period.