Coun­cil­lor’s salary

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I am writ­ing in re­gard to the distri­bu­tion of late Coun­cil­lor Her­lihy’s salary.

It would ap­pear that coun­cil­lors, with the ex­cep­tion of Cr Cor­ban, have agreed to share this money.

Coun­cil­lor Cor­ban is the only one with a con­science. In SWN, Novem­ber 7, there was an ar­ti­cle headed ‘‘Va­cancy to stay empty un­til next elec­tion’’. No men­tion was made then as to what was to hap­pen with the rest of Cr Her­lihy’s salary.

As the salaries for coun­cil­lors are set by the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity, it ap­pears to me that the ap­proval by Mr Er­ring­ton, to divvy up the sur­plus be­tween cur­rent coun­cil­lors will be rub­ber stamped.

Wouldn’t it have been bet­ter to of­fer this money to Cr Her­lihy’s fam­ily as it had been al­lo­cated to him, to ease their fi­nan­cial strain?

If the fam­ily re­fused this money, Cr Her­lihy’s wages should have been put into the equiv­a­lent of a con­sol­i­dated fund to be used for the ratepay­ers’ needs.

I am sure that a lot of read­ers of News are of the same opin­ion as I am, that what the coun­cil has done ap­pears to be noth­ing more than theft by giv­ing them­selves a pay in­crease.

The coun­cil is go­ing to wait to ap­point some­one to fill this seat, (which) means they will have to find an­other salary for the new in­cum­bent. When this hap­pens, does this mean that the coun­cil­lors who have taken a pay rise will then take a pay re­duc­tion? If not, then surely the ratepay­ers are paying twice.

This coun­cil tells us it is fis­cally re­spon­si­ble with our money. I doubt it.

The way the coun­cil has han­dled this mat­ter is a shame­ful disgrace. D Jen­nings


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