More work for same pay
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.