Mayors from towns and cities across Italy have staged a protest against spending cuts outside the Senate in Rome.
Around 200 of the provincial officials are warning that provision of some local services could be badly affected, as Prime Minister Mario Monti tries to reduce the country’s budget deficit.
Stressing the need for local savings, Monti has warned that Sicily’s regional government is close to defaulting.
“If the government won’t revise the mechanism of the spending review, we run the risk of having cuts to services for citizens, instead of cuts to useless expenses, or having further increases to local taxes or many cities defaulting,” said the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno.
Regions have been asked to cut 23 percent from their budgets.
However, Italy’s provincial government association (UPI) on Monday warned that schools may not be able to open after the summer due to local cuts.