Ex­tra on salaries

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Is the cost to Porirua ratepay­ers for the city’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in a su­percity re­view $15,000 or $93,000?

That was the ques­tion raised by deputy mayor Liz Kelly dur­ing dis­cus­sion on bud­get in­creases to the up­com­ing draft an­nual plan.

Ms Kelly said her Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act re­quests for costs had not given her clear an­swers.

‘‘I’m con­cerned there has been a bud­get blowout for us to look at re­gional gov­er­nance. On the one hand I’m told it’s $15,000, which is what we agreed to but I have seen doc­u­ments that say it’s more than $90,000. It looks like cre­ative book­keep­ing.’’

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son said the to­tal fig­ure quoted by Ms Kelly in­cluded an es­ti­ma­tion of coun­cil of­fi­cers’ time in fin­ish­ing the project.

‘‘ In or­der to get the max­i­mum value we needed to put staff time to­wards this and th­ese ex­tra costs . . . are their salaries. There are no ex­tra costs for this coun­cil.’’

Coun­cil­lors agreed to in­crease the bud­get for the gov­er­nance re­view by $50,000 to cover con­tract sup­port, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, ad­ver­tis­ing and a web­site in the next 12 months.

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