Some coun­cil staff do­ing well

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Well that smarts, putting it po­litely.

Af­ter Porirua City Coun­cil deems it un­af­ford­able to pay staff a liv­ing wage, city coun­cil­lors and the re­mu­ner­a­tion author­ity en­sure 30 em­ploy­ees now earn more than $100,000.

No won­der the chief ex­ec­u­tive and se­nior man­age­ment look like the cat that got the cream in the front page pho­to­graphs (June 17).

He be­lieves that be­cause the coun­cil spent $3974 on each ratepayer while the aver­age for other city coun­cils was $3411, that makes for ‘‘good read­ing’’.

Since when does spend­ing more of other people’s money to pro­vide the self-same ser­vices as do other coun­cils be­come a cause for cel­e­bra­tion? The man is in fi­nan­cial ‘‘cloud cuckoo land’’.

Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil has only 11 staff on more than $100,000 a year com­pared to Porirua City Coun­cil’s 30 – 173 per cent more!

Maybe that’s why the aver­age res­i­den­tial rates for Porirua are 26 per cent higher than in Up­per Hutt.

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