$7Bln for Schools, Flats, Parking

Moscow authorities are planning to spend more than 190 billion rubles ($7.1 billion) on schools, housing and parking lots in 2007.

The city is also looking to collect income taxes that are routinely skirted by employers. As of early 2006, At least 60,000 employers were suspected of underreporting the wages they paid, said Nadezhda Sinnikova, head of the city branch of the Federal Tax Service.

Forcing employers to report actual salaries is expected to boost revenues by 30 percent next year, said Igor Antonov, chairman of the City Duma's budget and finance commission.

So far, Sinnikova said, tax officials have met with half of the employers suspected of underreporting wages. Ninety percent in that group have begun reporting higher wages or said they would do so. This has already led to an increase of 1.5 billion rubles ($56 million) in revenues.

The figures were disclosed at Tuesday's weekly meeting of senior city officials.

With his eye on the upcoming construction projects, Mayor Yury Luzkhov chided First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin for delays in processing documents for building projects. These delays often stall construction and create other problems.

Marina Ogloblina, head of the city's economic policy and development department, noted that more than half of the city's construction projects planned for 2006 still lacked needed documents.

"I demand that a series of investigations be conducted into the issue of document readiness," Luzhkov told Resin, who oversees construction projects. The mayor pledged that "not a kopek" of city funds would go toward undocumented projects.

The building blueprint calls for 1.9 million square meters of housing, 370,000 of which would go to young families, Ogloblina said. "Young families" are those in which both husband and wife are under 30. The plan also foresees 20 grade schools, 71 preschools, two vocational schools and two stadiums for grade-school students. Three of the preschools would be in South Butovo; the area has seen a great deal of construction and lacks infrastructure, city officials said.

Hospitals, theaters and museums are also to be upgraded. The plan includes 1 billion rubles for parking spaces in residential areas, Ogloblina said.