A clear no: the majority of the city councils voted against the fee increase on Wednesday.

Mulled wine sellers can breathe a sigh of relief! The Chemnitz city council has decided that there will be no increase in fees at the Christmas market.

Chemnitz – Good news for the Christmas market: For the time being, retailers do not have to fear an increase in market fees. That has Chemnitz City council decided on Wednesday. The fees for the weekly market will also remain the same.

A clear no: the majority of the city councils voted against the fee increase on Wednesday. © Maik Börner

The fee increase planned by the city from 2022 had already caused trouble in advance. According to mayor Miko Runkel (60, independent), markets are now a losing business for the city.

According to the plans, a mulled wine seller would then have had to pay 9.90 euros per square meter per day – instead of the previous 6.50 euros.

The city council met with little understanding on Wednesday: “We may then only have half the market occupied,” said Dietmar Berger (70, left).

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CDU City Councilor Kai Hähner (48) shared this fear: “This could also reduce the attractiveness for the population.”

The FDP parliamentary group, on the other hand, wanted to postpone the increase to 2023 because of the Corona crisis: “We have to see how the economic situation develops,” said City Councilor Dieter Füsslein (80).

Ultimately, the majority of the votes were against the increase. Mulled wine sellers can breathe a sigh of relief!

It remains exciting with the garbage fees: They should also rise, but the city council postponed the decision on Wednesday.

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