The city of Salzburg is increasing its funding to save the igloo youth center in Salzburg’s Andräviertel, which is threatened with closure. The aim is to offset part of the cuts made by the previous main financier, the Archdiocese of Salzburg. Details should be clarified in discussions.
Those in charge emphasized the preservation of the youth center on Friday during a protest. More than 1,000 signatures were collected for the receipt of the Iglu youth center, diagonally across from the Mirabell educational campus. They were handed over to the donors on Friday – including the Archdiocese of Salzburg, the State and City of Salzburg.
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And these signatures made an obvious impression. The city will provide more money, says councilor Anja Hagenauer (SPÖ). “It is about tripling the funds, which will bring us to 55,000 euros in basic funding and 25,000 euros for mobile youth work in the future. Basically, however, we do expect that the archdiocese will then split the focus with around 100,000 euros and city and country. “
Vicar General: “Will readjust”
The protest was triggered by the fact that the main financier of the youth center, the Archdiocese of Salzburg, wanted to cut the funds by 70,000 euros – this with a total annual budget of 270,000 euros for the youth center. In view of the additional money from the city, the church is now being shortened less than planned, says Vicar General Roland Rasser.
“We adjust each time. Above all, it is about that we bear this together, because this is not only a concern of the church, but also one of the city and the country. Therefore you have to distribute what is necessary for this on all shoulders. “
Klambauer: “Additional money only through projects”
However, there will be no more basic funding from the state – additional funding is only conceivable through projects, says State Youth Councilor Andrea Klambauer (NEOS). “We will look at how we can collect the necessary money so that the youth center IGLU remains secure in any case.”
In any case, the chairman of the IGLU youth center, Peter Ruhmannseder, is happy that there are future prospects again. “I am very foresighted that the short-term partners will come to an agreement,” says Ruhmannseder. The financing talks should take place in the near future.