Price of the State
03 October, 2013
Price of the State
The Price each taxpayer pays to support the state is the key issue covered by a new special web-site www.priceofhtestate.ge initiated by the non-governmental Economic Policy Research Center on 26 September 2013. The web-portal will be analyzing each spending and income of the State, whether important or not, that may have direct or indirect bearing on pockets of every Georgian citizen, and making the figures available to any person. This will increase transparency of public finances and raise awareness of
society in how reasonably the state handles with the money paid by taxpayers. Ultimately, the analyzed data may lead taxpayers to figure out their needs and guide the state to meet demands of the people who create the wealth.
With the help of the web-site it is possible to get a comprehensive overview of how much the state takes in and spends and how these quantities are changing over time. According to EPRC analysts, in Georgia, much like elsewhere, a taxpayer is not only an employee or an employer with an income tax obligation, but rather any consumer in the economy, and therefore virtually every citizen, who buys products and services. However, they remain practically unaware of the sums that are transferred to the state budget from their pockets, not to mention how this money is further allocated. Now the web-portal will disclose the state budget figures, annually collected taxes, how each citizen is contributing to healthcare, education or other programs, servicing debts, or for paying salaries to the government officials. More than that, the new portal will provide calculations to answer how much do we, taxpayers owe to the state and how much the State does owe to us, and whether or not the services provided for “free” as the State claims are actually free.
Moreover, in Georgia, no tool exists to analyze budgetary expenses from per capita or per employed individual perspective, which would help understand the real “state burden” for each citizen and each working individual. Besides budgetary information, the web-site presents a number of simulation “games” that directly or indirectly relate to the budgetary resources and function as data visualization tools. These tools are: the Map of Public Expenditures, What Do You Pay, Buy Your Own State, Bill of Government Services, etc. For example, if we use the Bill of Government Services calculator, it becomes clear that nothing is provided for free in fact: the highest price a Georgian taxpayer pays in local budgets is GEL 285 per year; in pensions and road infrastructure the figures are somewhat lower - GEL 231 and GEL 231 respectively; the lowest funding per taxpayer or GEL 6 goes to Public Broadcast support and GEL 9 to aid Internally Displaced People. One also may calculate how many working hours he/she spends on the state.

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