Lela Khechoshvili, Kakheti
Lagodekhi municipality budget in 2016 will be 7 071 000 lari. 1 700 000 lari of it is salary fund. In 2015 the salary fund was 1 630 000 lari, that the local district administration increased with 70 000 lari. Article for bonuses was not included in the main financial document but the head of the financial budget service at the administration Giorgi Manogoshvili does not exclude possibility that employees will receive bonuses if they deserve it with good work.
“Bonuses go in salary fund but we have not decided yet to issue them on employees or not. I think we should pay bonuses to people to encourage them to work better,” Giorgi Mangoshvili said.
469 000 lari is allocated for social programs in the budget; it includes budgets for healthcare service too. The district administration allocated 30 000 lari for Nekresi Eparchy to fund food and economic expenses in 2016.
Lagodekhi municipal board members sent the 2016 budget bill back to the district administration to make amendments to it according to their remarks.
The problem is that they have not created program budgets for non-commercial legal entities, though a lot of funds are spent on them but the budget does not include concrete programs of their activities. It was missing in the last year budget too and we did not vote for it. We requested to increase salaries for teachers in pre-school educational institutions but it was not reflected in the new budget,” municipal board member from the United National Movement Eva Lomtadze said.
Another member of the UNM Vakhtang Dolidze said the priority of the next year budget should be resolution of infrastructure problems and not increasing salaries. Local population is bothered with these problems that are not adequately addressed in the budget.
Zviad Khvedelidze from the political party Burdjanadze Democrats said the next year financial document is salary budget.
“2016 budget is not transparent and does not present functional –program funds. I think they were hurrying because according to the constitution, they have to finish working on the budget before December 15 and then present it to the municipal board session for discussion,” Zviad Khvedelidze said.
Unless the district administration amends the financial document, the opposition will not for the 2016 budget. However, majority of municipal board are made of the Georgian Dream members.