Politics, the one thing that people dread and that they don’t want to talk about, except if the conclusion is “these dirty bastards, they’re all thieves, but what can we do…”. What the local administration does seems like their own business, that doesn’t affect us directly.
Of course, the city looks like a mess generally, there’s many things that could be done with little effort and high outcomes, but it seems to somehow be “the way things are”, with no one being specifically responsible. That’s besides the point, because we’re here to talk about more direct ways in which you’re being indirectly robbed (yes, robbed, it’s not a harsh term for what this is) of your money.
Recently, the Mayorship lost a trial that was intended by a guy named Costică Costanda (hold off your giggles if you’re a local, things are getting serious). The fierce businessman that won against the “system” bought a piece of land (which is actually a park) that was given in 2003 to its – let’s give the law credit – rightful owners. (more info here: http://goo.gl/gdGwzu)
Now, because our Mr. Costica was a visionary entrepreneur, he wanted to build real estate on the land, which was rightfully his. Now, let’s say that he could, because it was his property. But the park was public land, and since it’s a dense area of the city, certain rules apply, so Mr. Costica wasn’t able to fulfil his vision. Nor was the Mayorship able to give him a similar parcel of land in that area, because, you know, a park is pretty big.
On the basis of his right to property being affected, Mr. Costanda sued the municipality again and, long story short, he’ll have to be paid a hefty 165 MILLION euros as an equivalent of the land that he’s unable to use. We’d say congrats to Mr. Costanda, because we believe in the rules of capitalism, which made him a winner.
Who’s worse off in this is the Mayorship, they’re the ones who have to pay! Oh, wait, we forgot one important detail, that the money is going to actually be paid by us, the contributors that pay taxes to fuel the institution without which this city would plummet into chaos.
Now, we’re gotten used to 100 000 $ rebranding projects or pansies and benches worth 40 MIL euros, but that somehow wasn’t this specific. What we’re talking about now is 165 MIL euros.
Let us make a simple calculation! According to 2011 data, the total number of people between 15-64 in Bucharest was 1 639 525 (http://goo.gl/WPLFBg). If we count out the people who are state employed (16.1% according to 2010 data: http://goo.gl/Rm6T0Z) we get 1 375 561.
That’s 1 375 561 who might have a taxed income. If we divide 165 000 000 (get a load of those 0’s!) by 1 375 561, we get 119.95, roughly 120 euros that come out of everyone’s pocket.
Compared to the average salary of 1635 RON, that’s 540 RON, meaning 33%.
So, this year, the average inhabitant of Bucharest will have to pay 33% of one month’s salary because the Mayorship has to pay money to some guy who bought a park. But, of course, dear tax payer, this only affects you indirectly and after all these dirty bastards, they’re all thieves, what can we really do…
You’ll just have to classify this as “their business”, which you can’t have nothing to do with, put it in the ignore bin of your life, pay 120 EUR to Mr. Costica and finally admit that