State Representatives' administrative expenses in 2017
Transparency International Georgia presents information about remuneration, bonuses and salary supplements paid by the administrations of nine State Representatives – Governors of Georgia in 2017, as well as these administrations' expenses in telephone communications, business trips, fuel and food and restaurant services.
Our organization published an analytical study last year as well. Even though, compared to last year, there is a trend of decrease in expenses, this trend does not affect salaries and fuel expenses. Similar to last year, the Administration of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti remains at the top of the list in terms of the amount of salary supplements as well as fuel expenses; Kakheti Administration paid out the highest amount in bonuses; Imereti Administration spent the highest amount on food and restaurant services.
In 2017, compared to 2016, the total amount paid out in bonuses and salary supplements by the administrations of State Representatives – Governors decreased by GEL 276,020;
Compared to the previous year, the amount paid by the administrations of State Representatives – Governors in salaries increased by GEL 101,354 in 2017;
In 2017, fuel expenses of all provincial administrations combined increased by GEL 97,730.
The telephone communication expenses decreased by GEL 7,000 while business trip expenses in 2017 decreased by GEL 33,240 compared to the previous year.
In 2017, compared to 2016, the amount paid by the administrations of State Representatives – Governors in bonuses and salary supplements decreased: in 2016, the amount was GEL 1,363,948.61 (GEL 395,437 in bonuses and GEL 968,511.61 in supplements), while in 2017, the total amount paid in bonuses and supplements was GEL 1,087,928 (GEL 255,357 in bonuses and GEL 832,570.7 in supplements), which is GEL 276,020.61 less than the amount paid in the previous year;
Like in 2016, salary supplements in 2017, too, were paid by all administration monthly;
In 2017, the largest bonus in the amount of GEL 53,050 was paid by Kakheti Administration;
In 2017, the largest salary supplement in the amount of GEL 183,677 was paid by Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Administration. This administration was also the one to pay the highest amount in salary supplements in 2016 (GEL 204,183.11);
It is noteworthy that the amount of salary supplements paid in 2017 decreased compared to 2016 in all administrations. The amount paid in bonuses also decreased. In Guria Administration, the amount paid in bonuses and aid increased: GEL 47,905 were paid in 2017 compared to GEL 33,510 in 2016;
In 2017, all governors received monthly supplements in the amount equal to their monthly salary; bonuses were received only by the following governors: Kvemo Kartli Governor Grigol Nemsadze (GEL 2,065); Guria Governor Merab Chanukvadze (GEL 2,950); Kakheti Governor Irakli Kadagishvili (GEL 2,950); Shida Kartli Governor Kakha Samkharadze (GEL 2,950); Samtskhe-Javakheti Governor Akaki Machutadze (GEL 2,950).
Imereti Administration did not provide us with the information about the amount of fuel (litres) purchased in 2017, correspondingly, the data about procured fuel used in this study are incomplete;
Apart from Imereti, the total amount of fuel purchased by other administrations was 258,195 litres;
The total cost of fuel purchased by the administrations in 2017 amounted to GEL 486,169;
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Administration spent the largest amount to purchase fuel: GEL 86,722 were paid to buy 47,458 litres of fuel (petrol, diesel);
The monthly limit set for governors differs, varying from 500 to 1,500 litres; Imereti Governor does not have a set limit for the amount of fuel;
Among the governors, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Governor Levan Shonia has the highest monthly limit for fuel use (1,500 litres per month on average); correspondingly, in 2017, he used 14,356 litres of fuel, which is 3,434 litres less compared to the previous year (17,790 litres).
Telecommunications and business trip expenses:
The administrations of State Representatives – Governors spent GEL 27,101.55 on telephone communication in 2017, although this information is not complete as Shida Kartli Administration only provided us with the information about the limit set for telephone communication expenses. As for employees' domestic and international business trips, GEL 60,727.97 were spent on these in 2017.
Food and restaurant services expenses:
The total amount spent on food and restaurant services by eight administrations was GEL 32,635; the expenses of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Administration are not reflected in these numbers as this administration did not provide us with this information;
It is noteworthy that Samtskhe-Javakheti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti Administrations did not have any food and restaurant services expenses;
Imereti Administration spent the largest amount on food and restaurant services – the total of GEL 13,866, followed by Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Administration with GEL 11,660.
Conclusion and recommendations:
It is a welcome development that the amount paid by the administrations of State Representatives – Governors in bonuses and salary supplements as well as their communication expenses decreased in 2017 compared to the previous year. However, despite this, the practice of paying supplements to some public officials on a monthly basis remained a problematic issue.
The 19 November 2014 Resolution No 627 of the Government of Georgia On the Approval of Civil Service Reform Concept, a salary supplement is defined as a temporary increase of salary caused by various objective factors, for example, a work location or working overtime. Supplemental remuneration is assigned for a period of time during which the circumstances causing such assignment last.
According to the Law on Civil Service, a salary supplement a civil servant receives is commensurate with the overtime work performed on the superior public official's assignment; in addition, in case of assignment of additional functions, including working at night, on weekends or public holidays and when the working conditions involve health hazard.
Salary supplements were paid to individual public officials of administrations of State Representatives – Governors throughout the year, without substantiation, which contradicts the principle of paying supplements: it is safe to say that such supplements can be considered salaries. It is our opinion that such practice is not justified, and the administrative agencies must provide a corresponding substantiation of the need to pay a supplement in each individual case and to indicate the criterion based on which a supplement is paid to a civil servant.