From an idea about tax waste, nepotism and corruption in Bergisch Bergisch Gladbach Gladbach: always friends say sometime happens something, when you talk about things that nobody should actually know. And yet all had the same Gschmackle when I told them the story of recent consultancy on behalf of the city. The words of cronyism and corruption make the round, felt and proponents. What had happened? The policy in Bergisch Gladbach makes since summer 2010 thoughts about the establishment of new public utilities. A majority of CDU and FDP had completely sold the last municipal utilities (BELKAW) in 1999 against the resistance of many citizens and citizens. It was hoped to be able to make more profit with the sale proceeds in the stock market. Even then, many citizens and citizens felt a Gschmackle”, because it was converted to a retail price of about 40,000,000.
Now, after more than 10 years, one notes that this speculation on stock exchange was not a good idea. While the equity funds that were created from the sales proceeds, have lost since at least 5 million in value and bring annual minimal payout, the old utility company BELKAW under the new owner earn a profit of up to 5 million every year. Just in the emergency budget the city could well use this revenue to finance not only the cost of the swimming pools of the city, but to prevent cuts elsewhere. Now you think for more than 15 months establishing new and again their own municipal utilities, because the concession contracts will expire in 2014 with the energy provider and must be re-negotiated. It involves millions of euros for the city, and still more millions euros for the BELKAW. To become knowledgeable, “the City Council founded an informal working group, the Steering Board, which then met behind closed doors and discussed. Was out there speaking, you could do without external advice to a reasonable result.