More diverse activities during the May 5 festival
The annual liberation festival attracts more and more visitors each year. Over the past years, more irritations arose about the organization, locations of stages and the disappearance of other stages. Wageningen is full of diversity which we should cherish. Connect Wageningen believes that the 5th of May liberation festival is for every resident and therefore should have a variety of activites for different target groups. Connect Wageningen does not think that financial cutbacks at the 5th of May 5 festival are suitable, as this will only lead to fewer types of activities. It is also important for us that the celebration does not override the memorial.
As the newest political party, with the main aim to include more new and young Wageningen citizens in politics, we have chosen not to change too much in the current financing structure of the municipality. At this moment, we focus our plans mainly on climate strategies and realizing a bicycle tunnel at Bornsesteeg.
Wageningen receives about 50% of our income from the government. As a political party we have no influence on this number. 25% comes from outstanding loans, subsidies and interest on savings. The other 25% comes from local taxes and levies; here we can have an influence and Connect Wageningen sees opportunities. Half of these local taxes come from the OZB (property tax). Wageningen is in the top 10 of the 53 municipalities in Gelderland with the highest tax rates. We want to change this.