The Helsinki City Council approved the proposals for the City of Helsinki budget for 2021 and economic plan for 2021–2023 at the City Council meeting of 9 December 2020. According to the budget, the City of Helsinki operating expenses will be approximately EUR 4,808 million next year. Investment expenses will be EUR 881 million.
In accordance with the Helsinki City Strategy, operating expenses will increase especially in social services and health care, due to population growth and other factors. The budget also underscores operations that are particularly strained by cost pressures due to the coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic. The economic impact of Covid-19 is estimated to exceed EUR 260 million in 2021.
Total loans will increase by EUR 180 million in 2021 and on average by EUR 340 million in 2022–2023. At year-end 2023, total loans will be approximately EUR 1.9 billion, that is, EUR 2,800 per capita.
The City of Helsinki budget proposal for 2021 is available here (in Finnish and Swedish).
The City Council also voted on several counterproposals and motions for the budget put forward by councillors. The counterproposals, motions and City Council votes can be found in the meeting decisionsrelease (in Finnish).
The City Board approved a project plan for a Myllypuro campus of Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute. The plan is for a new educational building for the construction and building technology studies to be located on Ring Road I.
The new building will replace the current facilities of the construction and building technology studies at the Vuokkiniemenkatu, Abraham Wetterintie and Sturenkatu locations.
The relocation of the studies to new facilities in Myllypuro, in the vicinity of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, will create a construction studies campus with international interest.
Decisions on the builder and the service provider for the project should be made in January 2021. Construction should commence in the spring of 2021, and studies at the campus should start in August 2023.
The City Board approved an alteration to the detailed plan of the city block of Bulevardi 29–31. The new plan allows the intended use of the buildings, previously used by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, to be altered so that the buildings can accommodate a hotel, housing, commercial space and offices.
The alteration to the detailed plan affects a site and real estate sold by the City of Helsinki and now owned by Kojamo Oyj and Lakewood Oy. The complex comprises four buildings. One of these buildings is the former main building of the University of Technology, which is now designated as a hotel, and possibilities for new construction at this building are studied. The other buildings of the complex are the old and the new chemistry building as well as the building at Bulevardi 29, all of which will be turned into housing, commercial space and offices.
The detailed plan alteration will be complemented by detailed plan regulations to protect the buildings.
In addition, the City Council considered several motions put forward by councillors. All decisions of the City Council can be found in the decisionsrelease (in Finnish).
The City Council will next convene on Wednesday 20 January 2021.