More work for same pay

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

En­vi­ron­ment Waikato coun­cil­lors have voted to re­tain the way their pay and al­lowances are struc­tured.

The coun­cil this week voted to keep the re­mu­ner­a­tion struc­ture agreed by the last coun­cil even though coun­cil­lors face about 755 meet­ing at­ten­dances in 2010-11, 130 more than last year.

The ex­tra work is largely as a re­sult of co-man­age­ment ar­range­ments with iwi. This could mean coun­cil­lors will not be paid for meet­ings to­ward the end of the year if the fee pool runs out.

Salary and al­lowances are set by the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity, which takes into ac­count the re­gional popu- la­tion and its growth, op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­ture and net as­sets of the coun­cil. The author­ity has in­di­cated EW has the same amount for salaries as last year.

This pro­vides $652,020 for coun­cil­lors af­ter al­low­ing for the chair­man’s salary of $142,100.

If the re­mu­ner­a­tion author­ity ap­proves the pro­posal, councillor salaries will be $44,935, with an es­ti­mated meet­ing at­ten­dance of 43; com­mit­tee chairs’ salaries will be $56,169, with an es­ti­mated meet­ing at­ten­dance of 47. All coun­cil­lors will con­tinue to re­ceive a flat rate daily meet­ing fee of $ 125 on top of salaries.

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