Liz Kelly sticks to blowout guns

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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