Ranking of the NRW municipalities: Bärbel Sauer contradicts Ludger Dickhues
Administration and politics have focused on KuBAaI and the town hall renovation. As a result, the housing policy has simply been left behind.
“Not only the trade taxes are the problem, but also and especially the increase in property tax B, which was raised by 2016 percent in 50 without any need. Year after year, the property owners in Bocholt are missing around 6 million euros in purchasing power - since the tax increase, almost 25 million euros. This was the result of a council request for 2016. The tenants also lose out because the landlord passes such costs on to the tenants, ”contradicts Bärbel Sauer, council member of the Bocholt Social List and mayor candidate in Bocholt, economic developer and city marketing director Ludger Dickhues.
The city council of Bocholt did not take the chance and seriously treated the more than 1000 citizen protests in order to move away from the tax increase. “He has also repeatedly rejected the requests for cancellation from the Bocholt Social List. Otherwise Bocholt would have been in a better position today, ”said Sauer. She also complains that there is a lack of affordable housing and building plots for single-family houses in the city. Sauer: “Administration and politics have focused too much on KuBAaI and the town hall renovation. As a result, important fields, for example for housing policy, have simply been left behind. "
Ludger Dickhuis' tasks must be clearly separated in the future. “Economic development and city marketing in one person is detrimental to one thing. Just looking at the development of the city center, the horror comes to you. Little has happened here for years, ”says Sauer. This is at the expense of customer flows and retail revenues as well as the attractiveness of downtown Bocholt. The areas of responsibility should be clearly separated and the business development should be resettled in the city. Sauer: “In addition, the future mayor has to be the top economic promoter. Then it's uphill again in Bocholt. "