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Gravesend has, among other things rented an entire hotel now stands clear. The municipality will be able to accept koronasmittede at a safe distance from other vulnerable patients at the health center.

But helseberedskap and infection control costs money. And reduced tax revenues and increased social spending comes in addition. Even for a small municipality such as Gravesend, with nearly 6,000 inhabitants, it is to talk about the 3 million in losses every month.

Of the state’s budget hjelpepakke to the municipalities of 3.75 billion, Gravesend about 4 million.

the Money is not enough if koronatiltakene lasts a long time.

Hope to have covered everything

12. march was for the vast majority of municipalities, a date when most of the operations were thrown about, ” says the chief councilor in Vadsø, Jens Betsi.

He works in an almost empty town hall in the centre of the city. Most employees are at home. Schools, kindergartens, cinemas and the swimming pool is closed. Koronakrisen has turned upside down on the operations of the entire municipality.

Rådmannen hope the municipalities have covered the costs korona-the outbreak has cost. But he fears that it will be a tough battle for the state the money when the accounts shall be made up in retrospect.

the chief councilor Jens Betsi in Vadsø.

Photo: Sidsel Vik / NRK

I have been so long in the game that I know that it is a calculation that is being discussed, to say the least, when we have come so far. It is important that we as a municipality can legitimize the expenses we have had. So get the state to ultimately take a position on them, ” says Betsi.

But I secure the trust in that state takes the responsibility they have said they are going to take.

KS: Have been better

Last week endorsed the Parliament that the municipalities should be compensated for the impact of inntektsbortfall and the cost increase. What this means in practice is unclear.

Bjørn Arild Gram, chairman of the board kommunesektorens organization KS, has wanted clearer promises.

– We have wanted clearer assurances from the parliament and the government that they get covered all the relevant costs. It has never explicitly been confirmed, but we have got a clearer vow about it now, ” says Gram, and refers to The last decision.

– a week ago stated that the municipalities should be compensated for the unreasonable effects of inntektsbortfall and cost increases. In the past the decision is that we should be compensated for the impact of inntektsbortfall and cost increases, ” says Grams.


A majority of Parliament is in any case agreed that krisepakken to the municipality is not sufficient.

– There is unfortunately no doubt that we are going to need several billion to be able to manage the financial side of this. We expect it to be followed up in the revised national budget in may, says the Labor Hadia May.

Bjørn Arild Gram says he hopes there will not be a fight about the money when the community will back to normal

– Norway has large economic resources that it is natural that one uses a bit of when standing up in such a crisis. It is essential that we are confident in the finances of the municipality and that it is funded properly from the national authorities.

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