PCC trims food and booze cost

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Spend­ing on al­co­hol and ca­ter­ing by Porirua City Coun­cil is cost­ing more than $100,000 a year – but trends show the belt is be­ing tight­ened.

Fig­ures re­leased to Kapi-Mana News for this tri­en­nium show ca­ter­ing – for coun­cil­lors’ meals, civic func­tions, com­mu­nity meet­ings and staff events – was $105,447 in the 2010/11 fi­nan­cial year, with $8028 spent on al­co­hol. In 2011/12 it was $99,727 and $3795 re­spec­tively.

Since July 2012, ca­ter­ing has cost PCC $54,777 and $3113 for al­co­hol.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son says his staff are ‘‘mind­ful of the sen­si­tiv­i­ties’’ re­lat­ing to food and al­co­hol, and they have a pol­icy to be pru­dent where pos­si­ble. On in­ter­na­tional trips, coun­cil­lors have a meal al­lowance, which may in­clude a glass of wine with din­ner.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett says in the last year they have sliced up to 5 per cent from their op­er­at­ing bud­gets, with the com­mu­nity telling them that more must be in­vested in as­sets and long-term projects.

‘‘The day-to-day spend­ing needs to be peeled back and so we are think­ing about things like food and al­co­hol spend­ing.

‘‘We do host civic events, meet­ings and cer­e­monies, and while we do try to rein in costs where ap­pro­pri­ate, I think there is a rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tion ca­ter­ing and al­co­hol to be part of that.’’

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