Regions and cities, here’s how much they spend by mail – The data

Umbria, Lazio and Campania are the most ‘virtuous’. Calabria the least efficient

How much do postage cost to Italian regions and cities? This was revealed by a report created for Adnkronos by the Fondazione Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica Italiana, which, as part of the ‘Pythagoras’ project, has drawn up a ranking of the costs incurred in 2021 by Regions and provincial capitals for the maintenance of their offices and of their structures, complete with rating assignment (REGIONS TABLE – CAPITAL TABLE).

Indeed, the Research Center of the Foundation analyzes all the official financial data of the public body in question and, through scientific research algorithms, identifies potential waste, or critical expenditure in the public accounts. The institution’s expenses in relation to the individual items are compared with the reference benchmark and, depending on the levels of expenditure variance identified, we speak of ‘positive performance’ (when the expenditure is lower than or equal to the average), ‘variance slight’ (when spending is between average spending and 30% more), ‘significant variance’ (when spending is between slight variance and 100% more), ‘out of control spending’ (when the expenditure exceeds the average expenditure by more than 100%. The rating – which is based exclusively on objective accounting data free from any discretionary evaluation – assigns the best performance the triple ‘A’, while the worst is assigned the letter ‘C’.

Lazio and Campania more ‘virtuous’ – Umbria, Lazio and Campania are the most ‘virtuous’ Italian Regions in postal expenses. Three Regions that are awarded the overall AAA rating. In particular, for this cost item, in 2021 Umbria spent 1,929.37 euros, Lazio 45,491.00 and Campania 56,175.97.

Also ‘promoted’ for this type of expenditure, with an overall rating from A to AA, are Liguria, Puglia and Lombardy which, with an amount respectively of 48,443.88, 140,800.49 and 195,181.03 euros, are awarded the double AA, and then, with single A, Basilicata (21,384.47), Emilia-Romagna (157,782.14), and Sicily (281,876.97).

Among the Regions with ‘intermediate’ performances, however, there are: with BBB Molise (31,929.34), Abruzzo (119,144.34), Marche (142,489.99); with BB Piedmont (1,183,364.49); with B Tuscany (2,111,654.76) and Veneto (2,939,632.06). While the data for Sardinia, Trentino Alto Adige, Valle d’Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia are not comparable for this item.

less efficient Calabria – Calabria is the least efficient Region in terms of postage. It is the only one to receive the ‘C’, the worst rating (TABLE). Specifically, for this item, in 2021 Calabria spent 3,637,893.84. A figure that, in recent years, has seen an exponential increase: in 2018 it was equal to 45,515.47 euros, in 2019 it rose to 1,551,080.13, and then fell back in 2020 to 286,750.56.

Immediately after Calabria, among the Regions with the highest amounts of expenditure for this item, exceeding one million, we find: Veneto (2,939,632.06), Tuscany (2,111,654.76), Piedmont (1,183,364, 49), Friuli Venezia Giulia (1,038,839.93). They are located, remotely, in an intermediate range, with a figure between 100 thousand euros and 1 million: Valle d’Aosta (383,130.27), Sicily (281,876.97), Lombardy (195,181.03), Emilia-Romagna ( 157,782.14), Marche (142,489.99), Puglia (140,800.49), Abruzzo (119,144.34).

CITIES AND CAPITALS – There are 20 Italian provincial capitals ‘promoted’ with triple AAA in the management of postage. The most ‘virtuous’ for this cost item of the institution, thus obtaining the maximum rating, are Vercelli, which spent only 8,192.14 euros, followed by: Teramo (8,507.87), Oristano (12,442.69), Rieti (15,095.60), Grosseto (20,259.32), Pisa (24,631.09), Monza (28,064.42), Latina (34,037.24), Novara (39,857.16), Salerno (52,272.30), Trieste (57,443.90), Padua (93,433.89), Perugia (95,164.57), Taranto (99,897.09), Parma (110,230.16), Ravenna (111,351.58), Modena (160,090.71), Turin ( 186,617.07), Genoa (225,940.84), Naples (270,812.30).

There is also a large group of cities that are among the most virtuous for this item of expenditure, obtaining the double AA: Reggio Calabria, La Spezia, Lucca, Cesena, Forlì, Pescara, Pistoia, Palermo, Crotone, Nuoro, Pesaro, Andria, Imperia , Bolzano, Biella, Barletta, Sassari, Chieti, Rimini, Ferrara, Campobasso, Benevento, Savona. But also the group that won the A: Catanzaro, Aosta, Matera, Gorizia, Livorno, Udine, Como, Messina, Massa, Alessandria, Viterbo, Ascoli Piceno, Ancona, Cuneo, Caltanissetta, Potenza, Urbino, Sondrio, Verbania, Rome, Trapani, Brescia, Fermo.

Milan is the provincial capital which, in absolute values, has the highest postage expenditure: 19,879,987.86 euros in 2021, so much so that it deserves the C rating. After Milan, among the cities with the highest expenditure for this item, more than a million, follow in the standings: Rome (11,927,280.00), Florence (7,789,013.01), Bologna (3,259,992.20), Catania (3,195,373.38), Bari (1,935,029, 86), Venice (1,565,195.37), Verona (1,315,999.74), Cosenza (1,311,673.23).

Vibo Valentia, Milan, Mantua, Pavia, Lecce, Florence, Cosenza are the seven least ‘efficient’ provincial capitals in terms of postage. But how much are the expenses incurred for this item in these entities in 2021? Analyzing the ranking, it turns out that Vibo Valentia spent 251,817.68 euros, Milan 19,879,987.86, Mantua 390,917.68, Pavia 592,833.66, Lecce 784,974.11, Florence 7,789,013.01, Cosenza 1,311,673. 23.

They obtain an intermediate rating in the classification: Treviso, Agrigento, Ragusa, Catania, Caserta, Vicenza, Brindisi, Bergamo, which gets the B; Cagliari, Belluno, Arezzo, Lecco, Piacenza, Frosinone, Rovigo, Varese, L’Aquila, Carbonia, Trento, Bologna, Terni, Macerata, with BB; Prato, Pordenone, Syracuse, Siena, Avellino, Cremona, Verona, Reggio Emilia, Trani, Lodi, Asti, Enna, Bari, Venice, which receive the BBB.