The Pattaya City Council in conjunction with the Pattaya Mayor have approved the city budget for the next fiscal year, although the budget is roughly thirty percent less year over year.
Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem stated to the associated local press that the budget is roughly 1,500 to 1,600 million baht, down from 2000 million baht last year. He and the Pattaya City Council said this is due to Covid-19 and the impact on tourism in Pattaya, a city that normally gets ten million foreign tourists a year and last year was the 19 most visited city in the world.
Major projects that are planned for the next year include drainage projects continuing that have already begun in the city, a 50 million baht CCTV system upgrade, a 180 million baht beach road walking space improvement including public bathrooms and a major beach restoration project for Jomtien Beach near the Soi 19 area to bring the beach to levels similar to Pattaya Beach that have been damaged due to erosion.
Additionally, the city will begin drainage work in the next year around the railroad area, known as the Darkside, which is subject to heavy flooding in rain storms to fix the issues in this area.
The city will also be constructing a sports center skateboard park under the overpass near Bali Hai Pier, improve educational facilities at local schools and continue to move electrical cables underground across the city.
The budget also includes building an incinerator on Koh Larn for waste management purposes and improving the pier area for the main ferry.
The city is also exploring an aesthetic upgrade for Walking Street, however that may be delayed due to Covid-19.