Cor­ban re­fuses pay in­crease

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

South Waikato District coun­cil­lors are set to get a payrise – us­ing the salary of de­ceased coun­cil­lor Bar­rie Her­lihy.

At last Thurs­day’s full coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors dis­cussed the pro­posed re­mu­ner­a­tion changes as a re­sult of Mr Her­lihy’s death, just one month ago.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, coun­cil­lors were given op­tions as to how the fund­ing could be dis­trib­uted, with the deputy mayor po­si­tion held by Cr Shat­tock re­ceiv­ing the largest in­crease per elected mem­ber from $26,436 to $29,421.

Cor­po­rate and En­vi­ron­ment, Com­mu­nity and As­sets and Hear­ings Com­mit­tees chair­man Her­man van Rooi­jen’s salary bumps up from $25,080 to $27,911, and Grants Com­mit­tee chair Cr Watkins’ salary will move from $21,349 to $23,759.

The re­main­ing coun­cil­lors will see their salaries rise from $18,889 to $21,022.

How­ever, coun­cil­lor Lyn Cor­ban, who was the only rep­re­sen­ta­tive to refuse the pay rise, said in an emo­tional speech she did not want to ‘‘profit from some­body’s death’’.

‘‘I’ve been ex­tremely un­com­fort­able about this and I don’t feel that I need to profit from some- body’s death so I’m not happy to re­ceive this,’’ she said.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair re­sponded by say­ing, ‘‘Un­for­tu­nately the pool is put out there and the pool is given to us . . . We ac­tu­ally can’t leave the pool there.’’

To which Cr Cor­ban replied: ‘‘But I can refuse to have it. It is my right to refuse to take that money . . .You can share it around the rest [of the coun­cil­lors].’’

Coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins also weighed in on the de­bate, say­ing ‘‘What would hap­pen if we all re­fused? We couldn’t [refuse it] could we?’’ she said.

Coun­cil­lor Cor­ban’s salary re­mains the same at $18,889.

Coun­cil was ques­tioned whether it con­sid­ered putting the al­lo­ca­tion into a dif­fer­ent av­enue.

‘‘Coun­cil can’t de­cide this, the coun­cil­lor re­mu­ner­a­tion pools are set by the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity for all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties – this is not some­thing we set each year our­selves. Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion last Thurs­day goes to the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity for rat­i­fi­ca­tion,’’ coun­cil’s Cor­po­rate Group man­ager Ben Smit said.

Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity chair­man John Er­ring­ton con­firmed that he was ad­vised on Novem­ber 2 of Mr Her­lihy’s death.

‘‘We have re­ceived a rec­om­men­da­tion from the coun­cil con­cern­ing the re-al­lo­ca­tion of the re­mu­ner­a­tion pool but the author­ity has not yet met to con­sider that rec­om­men­da­tion.’’

Mr Er­ring­ton said the author­ity is ex­pected to con­sider it later this week.

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