North Rhine-Westphalia: Per capita debt of the NRW municipalities unchanged in 2021

Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Despite the corona pandemic, the debts of the municipalities and municipal associations in North Rhine-Westphalia have hardly increased in the past year.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Per capita debt of the NRW municipalities unchanged in 2021

Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Despite the corona pandemic, the debts of the municipalities and municipal associations in North Rhine-Westphalia have hardly increased in the past year. At around 60.1 billion euros at the end of 2021, they were only 26 million euros or 0.04 percent above the previous year's level, as the State Statistical Office IT.NRW announced on Thursday in Düsseldorf. In purely mathematical terms, this resulted in a debt of 3359 euros for each inhabitant of the state (2020: 3353 euros).

For comparison: In 2001, the debt level of the NRW municipalities was only 36.1 billion euros. In addition to the debts of the core budgets, the statisticians also take into account the debts of the municipal companies, the institutions similar to those of the company's own companies and the municipal institutions under public law in their calculations.

At the end of 2021, Siegburg in the Rhein-Sieg district had the highest per capita debt of the municipalities in NRW with 11,577.31 euros and Velbert in the district of Mettmann with 6525.47 euros. In Salzkotten in the Paderborn district, on the other hand, the per capita debt was only 6.62 euros. The city of Velen in the district of Borken was the only municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia that was debt-free.

Of the independent cities in the state, Mülheim an der Ruhr (EUR 10,006.25) and Oberhausen (EUR 9,555.67) had the highest per capita debt at the end of 2021; the lowest values ​​were in Düsseldorf (1870.15 euros) and Hamm (2035.00 euros).

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