Councillors ‘vilified’ over salary increase
It was heard during last week’s South Waikato District meeting that councillors are required by law to accept the remuneration increase using the salary of deceased councillor Barrie Herlihy.
At the meeting, councillors also said they have been ‘‘vilified’’ by the public over the proposed remuneration changes.
Mayor Neil Sinclair said: ‘‘ You would have noted of course in Facebook and the paper . . . discussions about what is taking place with the [remuneration] changes.’’
‘‘None of us actually really like discussing this,’’ Councillor Jenny Shattock said. ‘‘ We would all much rather have Cr Herlihy around the table. And I think we’ve sort of been vilified over this.’’
Despite refusing the payment, Councillor Lyn Corban will have her salary increased, a ruling she finds insulting.
‘‘I am highly insulted that this has been passed and is going to be put in my bank account.
‘‘I have discussed this with the late Barrie Herlihy’s wife and we decided it should go to something to do with youth.
‘‘This was something Barrie was passionate about,’’ she said after last week’s council meeting.
Cr Corban is asking for input on what the money can be used for. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.