Coun­cil­lors ‘vil­i­fied’ over salary in­crease

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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 lyn.cor­ban@xtra.co.nz.

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