"I spoke with the lawmakers and was very surprised to hear the words of some of them that the residents of Kyiv are allegedly "like bees in clover". I advised them to go into the streets and talk to the people. Prices in Kyiv are higher than in other regions, the cost of living is also high, and people are forced to survive in these hard conditions. And I can say that this is not a development budget, but a survival one," Klitschko said.
The mayor stressed that 60 percent of Kyiv budget's receipts from the personal income tax would be transferred to the state budget. He also underlined that such policy was shameful and that taxes paid by Kyiv residents should remain in the capital for its development, construction of roads and bridges, new infrastructure facilities, including social ones.
"And now we are placed in a situation when the mayor will be forced to go to the prime minister and ask: please, allocate funds for this or that infrastructure facility," Klitschko said.
"We have envisaged that all the money received from the Kyiv Customs Office will be allocated for infrastructure facilities, roads. And it is very good. But it is hardly possible to say that I am satisfied with this budget," Klitschko said.