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Okinawa 2010 budget now being sorted out

Date Posted: 2009-11-19

Work is now under way at the Prefecture level to classify budget requirements for various state-owned projects as well as municipalities.

Officials say the administrative renovation meetings for next year will help get a handle on approximately how much is needed in the budget. To accomplish preparations and planning, four actions are being undertaken. Officials will first abolish activities, cut the budget, revise planning to put new items into the budget, and then determine money transfers to municipalities. The actions could require privatizing some activities.

Prefecture officials say the state-owned Ocean Expo Memorial Park will see maintenance and operation costs trimmed to meet budget requirements. Seven municipalities will also see subsidies adjusted. The Nakagusuku Harbor Baten area’s construction will continue, but some of the promotion related costs may be transferred to local government. Shuri Castle maintenance is likely to be trimmed too.

Okinawa has asked for ¥11.808 billion for the coming year’s basic operating costs, but expects to see a 20% cut in requirements. The budget has money for 16 state-owned parks as well as Ocean Expo Memorial Park maintenance costs.

Town promotions and related work will undergo scrutiny, to determine what can be handled by state and prefecture governments, and what must be transferred down to the local levels. The Prefecture is asking for ¥125 million in subsidies for Naha, Urasoe, Ishigaki, and Uruma Cities, as well as Chatan and Haebaru Towns and Nakajin Village. The studies will continue into 2011.

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