Liz Kelly sticks to blowout guns
Deputy mayor Liz Kelly is persisting in seeking more information on her claim there has been a budget blowout over Porirua City Council’s involvement in the regional governance review.
Last week, the deputy mayor asked in two meetings whether more than the budgeted $15,000 had been provided to Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s panel review on a proposed super-city.
The council’s chief executive Gary Simpson replied – as he had done already in writing to Ms Kelly – that the only other contribution was the allocation of two staff members to the project, which equated to $ 78,000 ( two budgeted salaries).
Ms Kelly has not been satisfied with this response and asked during general business of the committee meeting last Thursday that a report be prepared for councillors. She said she wanted to see the ‘‘paper trail’’ where extra funding was allocated.
Mr Simpson said he would give Ms Kelly all the relevant information again.