Money intended for Yekaterinburg officials’ wage increase to be spent on schools
State officials and deputies decided to raise their incomes by more than 200%, but the leadership of United Russia made them change their mind.
In Yekaterinburg, Duma deputies wanted to increase wages for themselves and officials by hundreds of percent, but after being criticized by Andrey Turchak, the secretary of the United Russia’s General Council, they decided to be content with an increase of less than five percent, and spend the money saved to repair schools. For these purposes, 356 million rubles ($ 5,5 million) will be allocated, Znak.com reports.
“356 million rubles, which should have gone on increasing the salaries of one and a half thousand officials, will be redistributed to capital repairs of schools,” mayor of Yekaterinburg Alexander Vysokinsky said.
It was planned to add 1,4 million rubles ($ 21,000) to Vysokinsky's income, the increase was “cut off”, as the mayor said. “I did not die,” Vysokinsky said. According to the mayor, the rest of the officials will still get a raise, but by 4.3%.
Earlier, the mayor and the city council decided to increase wages and bonuses to deputies and officials of different levels from 2019. The speaker of the City Duma, if the decision is not reconsidered, will be able to receive a bonus in the amount of 280% of his current salary, the vice-chairman – 230%, the first vice-mayor – up to 240%, the other deputy mayors – up to 210%. Vysokinsky planned to receive up to 6.6 million rubles ($ 99,000) a year, which is 100,000 rubles ($ 1,500) more than the income of Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin for 2017.