Sinterklaas’ TV arrival in Vianen costs the municipality 500,000 euros

The Vijfheerenlanden municipal council agrees to half a million euros

The VVD was thus divided. Some liberals consider the arrival ‘a good opportunity to put Vianen positively on the map’. Others fear budget overruns. The CDA also had doubts for that reason and the same fear exists among the SGP. There are objections to the festival for religious reasons, but also concerns that the money could better go to local institutions in the municipality. The four councilors of the SGP therefore voted against: “The final amount can be better spent,” said Evert Geluk (SGP), “and in your metaphor we will also be in the pocket. [naar Spanje].”