The richest Croatian municipalities all located in beautiful Istria
Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
January 8, 2022 – The richest Croatian municipalities enjoy incomes as high as the poorest 24 in the country combined, which means there is a huge pay gap in Croatia. Not surprisingly, they are all located in Istria.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a new analysis undertaken by the Institute of Public Finance shows that in 2020, dominated by the pandemic, the Istrian municipality of Medulin was the richest municipality in the entire Republic of Croatia. It generated the highest total income, totaling 77 million Kuna, which is equivalent to the sum of the total income of the 24 poorest municipalities combined.
It is interesting to note that the total income of the ten richest Croatian municipalities, 530 million kuna, is equal to the sum of the total income of a quarter of all the fairly large municipalities in the country. Among Croatian municipalities with a per capita income above 10,000 kuna, up to 17 of them 29 are located near the coast.
âWe are way ahead of other Croatian municipalities in terms of budget achievement. Since we are mainly a tourist destination, surviving the year 2020, dominated by the pandemic, was a challenge, and recovering the level of income that we once had is even more important â, said the mayor of Medulin, Ivan Kirac, at the local Glas Istre portal.
Still, I expect a significant increase in income this year. In the future, we plan to base all our strategies on income diversification, so I hope we will create a system that is even more resistant to such problems, âexplained Kirac.
The Croatian municipalities with the largest per capita budget include the Istrian municipalities of Kastelir-Labinci (2,700 kuna) and Oprtalj (2,600 kuna), which occupy the third and fourth places at the national level.
The Institute of Public Finance indicates that when interpreting the financial situation of Croatian municipalities and towns, one should be careful because many municipalities and towns have a high share of state and / or state aid. EU in total operating revenue in a given year, which does not generally apply to those located by the sea.
According to the Institute of Public Finance, Medulin maintained its leadership position throughout 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic negatively affected the budgets of local government units and resulted in a decline in average total incomes and an increase in average deficits. .
The Institute of Public Finance says their analysis should encourage the public to further study the databases of the Ministry of Finance and its local government units, and obtain more detailed information on the collection and spending of the money from local budgets, writes Glas Istre.
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