Because the number of proposals submitted to the Lucerne city parliament is increasing, the FDP wants a price tag for proposals.

In the Lucerne city parliament, which is currently meeting in the cantonal council hall, the costs for answering them should be included in the proposals submitted .

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Certain advances can be dispensed with, as some of these can be answered by telephone inquiries with the administration, says City Councilor Marc Lustenberger (FDP). Together with FDP city councilor Marco Baumann, he placed this demand in the city parliament by means of a motion.

 FDP wants to show costs for projects with a

A similar demand has already been made in the canton of Lucerne and in other cantons.

That’s what

  • The City of Lucerne FDP demands a price tag for proposals in the city parliament: for each proposal, it should be noted how much the processing cost.

  • The FDP wants to use this to raise awareness of the costs involved.

  • There have also been similar demands Federal level or in cantonal parliaments.

  • The canton of Aargau has reported the costs for answering requests since 2001.

The number of requests in the city council of Lucerne has increased over the years. Every request submitted means the city administration has to spend a lot of time answering it. The FDP city councilors Marc Lustenberger and Marco Baumann are now demanding in a postulate “a price tag on advances”: Each admission should show how much the response costs were.

“Approaches are important and arguably the most efficient means of elected parliamentarians to draw attention to their issues,” says Marc Lustenberger. This gives parties and politicians a presence in the media. “Advances are often used as an instrument for particular interests, election campaigns or party political maneuvers,” he says. That is “part of the political game” and one cannot and does not want to prohibit it. “But we want to raise awareness of this,” says Lustenberger.

Canton Aargau shows costs since 2001

In this way, certain approaches could be dispensed with, as some of these can be answered by making inquiries with the administration by telephone, says Lustenberger. Council members can also ask questions in commissions. «This is easier and faster. In this way, the request can be taken up directly by the administration. Answering a proposal, on the other hand, takes up to a year. »

A price tag would also make the effort visible for the administration, because according to Lustenberger, their responses to approaches tend to be longer. So more effort is made. “A price tag certainly helps to raise awareness of this topic and to find the right balance.” The listing of the costs does cause additional work, but: “By making people aware that such a move would trigger a lot of work in the administration, it would probably more than make up for it.”

There were similar demands, for example in the cantons of Lucerne, Friborg and Zurich, too. A similar demand has already been rejected at the federal level. In 2014, the city of Zug rejected the introduction of a cost declaration because it was not effective, referring to experiences made in the canton of Aargau. A significant decrease could not be achieved there. The price tag system has been known in Aargau for a long time: since 2001, the processing costs for individual approaches have been shown there in the Grand Council. The costs often range between several hundred and several thousand francs. But it has also happened that costs in the five-digit range have arisen.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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