Pay rise fair – Hay
LOCAL politicians have voted to give themselves a pay rise.
Auckland city councillors agreed at a meeting last week to a 5 percent increase, or between $2000 and $3000 more a year each.
Community board members are also in line for an increase – but only 1 percent.
Members will receive an extra $100 a year, and chairmen and women will receive $200.
The small concession comes after a backlash from boards over an earlier pay proposal.
Deputy mayor David Hay said the 1 percent increase is reasonable, given the total funding pool has only increased by 0.5 percent.
“The Remuneration Authority approved the figures of $10,000 and $20,000 as being fair and reasonable recompense for what they do.
“We’ve said increase it by 1 percent. I think that’s fair,” he said.
City Vision-Labour caucus leader Richard Northey said the 1 percent increase was insulting.
“It’s better than nothing, but I think we can afford to give them an extra $500, or 5 percent.”
The changes are partly a reallocation of funds resulting from a committee reshuffl by the new council.
The total pool of funding has also been increased by $9500 by the Remuneration Authority.
Councillors who lead major committees will increase their pay from $75,214 to $78,975.
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, who may be juggling council duties with a seat in Parliament next year, receives a special rate as deputy chairman of the city development committee.
Mr Lotu-Iiga stepped down as chairman to focus on campaigning, but will still receive $72,975 as deputy.
The honorarium for mayor John Banks, set by the Remuneration Authority, will increase from $163,418 to $165,284.
Meeting allowances and fees for those taking part in district plan review panels have also been increased.
The changes will be backpaid to July 1, 2008.
Honorariums for the 2008-2009 financial year: Mayor: $165,284 Deputy mayor: $91,143 Major committee chair: $78,975
Minor committee chair: $60,352
City development deputy chair: $72,975 Deputy chair: $60,352 Councillor: $48,855 Community board chair: $20,200
Community board member: $10,100